BY EASTON LEONARD –
On Friday, December 8th, the Cossatot River Eagles senior high basketball team hosted the Mena Bearcats on Stevenson Court on the campus of Cossatot River High School.
In a back-and-forth close first quarter, Juan Trinidad of Cossatot nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer, to give the Eagles a three point, 15-12, lead going into the second. The Bearcats of Mena answered in the second quarter, outscoring the Eagles 10-3, to take a 22-18 lead into halftime.
Juan Trinidad led Cossatot with 11 points at the half, while Zeb Wilson led the Bearcats with 9 points.
The Bearcats continued to extend their lead in the third quarter, outscoring Cossatot 14-8, to take a ten point, 36-26, lead into the final quarter of play. Mena did not let up in the fourth quarter, forcing the Eagles to call a timeout with 2:20 left in the game, down thirteen, 37-50. Following the timeout, the Bearcats went on to outscore Cossatot 19-11 in the quarter, to win the game by eighteen, 55-37.
Leading the Cossatot Eagles in scoring was Juan Trinidad with 17 points, while Cody Brown scored 8 points of his own, Trenton Rosson 5 points, Coy Frachiseur 4 points, and Brian Strother 3 points.
Connor Harvey led the Mena Bearcats in scoring with 21 points on the night, as Zeb Wilson added on 9 points, Nick Myers 7 points, Zane Stephens and Brock Strother 6 points, Daniel Davis 4 points, and Blake Seals 2 points.