BY NORM BETZ –
The Cossatot River Eagles held the Panthers of Fouke to just three points in the second quarter and ultimately won the contest, 62-35, on Friday night.
“We had a really good start to the game,” said first-year Eagles head coach Kevin Kyzer. “We did get sloppy at times, but played great defense and continued to score throughout the night.”
The Eagles flew out of the gate and outscored the Panthers 12-1 in the first three minutes of the game. Senior Edgar Gonzalez started things off converting a three-point play the old-fashioned way and followed that up with another bucket from the paint. Senior Josh Jordan grabbed a rebound and put it back up and in, while senior Ben Counts closed out the run, drilling a three-pointer and knocking down a pair from the free throw line.
Things tightened up late in the quarter, as the Panthers went on a run of their own, outscoring the Eagles, 14-6, to close out the first quarter. Counts added a three-point play the old-fashioned way, while sophomore Marco Ramirez jumped into the scoring column, draining one from beyond the arc. Cossatot held onto a 18-15 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
The Eagles exploded for 21 points in the second quarter, while holding the Panthers to a three-pointer. Sophomore Cody Baker led the Cossatot scoring with eight points, a pair of three-balls and bucket. Jordan added another rebound put-back and hit three-of-four from the charity stripe, while Gonzalez and Counts each added a pair of buckets to put the Eagles up 39-18 at the half.
“We continue to improve as a team,” explained Kyzer. “The run in the second quarter, combined with our outstanding defensive play, led us to this conference victory.”
The Eagles came out of the locker room and picked up right where they had left off, holding the Panthers to just five points, while scoring 14 points in the third. Jordan led Cossatot with three consecutive lay-ups and also added two-of-four from the line, while Gonzalez, Baker, and Counts each tossed in buckets. Cossatot led 53-23 at the end of third quarter.
Kyzer called off the high-flying Eagles and allowed substitutes to play the entire fourth quarter. T. Broach connected on one from beyond the arc, while senior Dakota Davis, junior Luis Trinidad and Chang each contributed baskets from the field to round out the Eagles scoring. Cossatot improved to 3-1 in conference play with the 62-35 victory over the Fouke Panthers.
Josh Jordan led all scorers with 15 points, Ben Counts added 14 points, Edgar Gonzalez added 11 points and Cody Baker rounded out the double digit scorers with 10 points. Marco Ramirez and T. Broach each had three points, while Dakota Davis, Luis Trinidad and Chang were each good for two points. The Eagles connected on 64% from the line, hitting 9-of-14, while the Panthers shot 38% from the charity stripe, hitting 3-of-8.