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Cougar basketball pounces on Chabot Tournament

 

November 22, 2016  | View PDF



On Thursday, Nov. 10, the Lassen College Cougars made their way to Chabot College to leave their mark at the Chabot men’s basketball tournament.

The Cougars went head-to-head against De Anza College, College of the Siskiyous and Allan Hancock College. Overall, the Cougars earned third place out of the eight competing teams.

Lassen opened up the tournament against the De Anza College Dons. The first half of the game was rough all around as the teams switched off who carried the lead.

The Cougars entered the second half down three with 36 points on the board.

However, Lassen entered the second half with passion in place. With a boost of their defensive intensity, the Dons waved goodbye to their chances of victory.

Coach Will Freedman said, “Kenny Macklin came out firing scoring 17 of his 20 points. The offensive explosion combined with great defense and rebounding sealed the deal for us.”

In the game against De Anza, the Cougars led by as many as 18 points and ultimately finished the game with a winning score of 84-72.

The Cougars then took on College of the Siskiyous.

According to Freedman, the Cougars came out flat and played down to their competition.

Despite this, the Cougars were in the lead by the end of the first half with a score of 39-32 on the board.

However, the second half only awarded 33 points to the Cougars compared to the 47 awarded to Siskiyous.

Freedman commented, “Siskiyous was determined and shot the ball well. We missed a lot of open shots and our on-ball defense let us down as we fell to them by seven points.”

However, the Cougars kept their spirits up and looked at the 79-72 loss as the perfect opportunity to improve.

Freedman said, “We look forward to playing them again in conference.”

The third game for the Cougars was to determine the third place winners of the tournament.

In order to win their bronze, the Cougars had to take on the Allan Hancock Bulldogs.

Of the three games played, the Allan Hancock game was the best display of talent by the Cougars.

Colby Johnson earned special recognition on the team for his determination as he started the game on fire. Johnson hit his first three shots, all three-pointers, to immediately give the Cougars a 9-1 lead.

Despite the sudden declaration of dominance, the Bulldogs still gave their all to take on the Cougars.

The scores were close in range and definitely worth fighting for, but Macklin then decided to stop playing around.

Freedman commented, “Kenny Macklin had another offensive explosion and had 21 points.”

While the Cougars try to stay humble, the team earned praise for keeping their game on point.

Freedman later said, “Our defense was fantastic but most importantly we dominated the defensive glass preventing Hancock from getting into any offensive rhythm.”

By the call of halftime, the Cougars were leading the score 48-22.

The second half proved no different for the Lassen players.

Freedman commented that at one point in the second half, the Cougars had expanded their lead to 38 points.

Freedman said, “The impressive numbers from the game were that we held Hancock to just 17 field goals for the entire game, while we made 27 field goals, and 18 of them were three-pointers. These numbers are crazy.”

Lassen won the game 83-61 and clearly made their coach proud.

The Cougars are doing their best to make a statement throughout the conference that this season will be their best.

Despite their third place win at the tournament, the Cougars are still keeping their humility about them.

Freedman said, “Overall I am very happy with the progression we made after the disappointing showing in San Jose. Everyone stepped up and we grew as a group. We fixed our offensive woes, but most importantly we cleaned up our defense and rebounding. We still have plenty of work to do but we are heading in the right direction.”

It looks like the Cougars aim to represent Lassen County well throughout the season.

 

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