Cougars post 1-2 week as season climax dawns
A sluggish third quarter left the Country Christian boys basketball team on the short end of a 60-39 loss to Trinity Academy June 7.
Though coach Dawson Nofziger said his squad started the game "a little slow," Country Christian was tied at 25 with Trinity by the half.
"We started the game off a little slow, but were moving the ball and were making shots," Nofziger said. "We traded buckets most of the first half and went in (at half) all tied up."
Then things changed – drastically.
"The third quarter we came out flat and let our Achilles heel of a long scoring drought consume us for the whole quarter," Nofziger said.
Trinity outscored the Cougars 16-0 in the third quarter, leading to a hole to large to climb out of.
Matthew Weissenbrunner led the offense with 13 points, while Cooper Halverson added 10.
"A bad shooting night coupled with not taking care of the ball made for a frustrating outing against a solid league opponent in the Thunder," Nofziger said. "We have to refocus and get our heads back in it for the remainder of the season and league play."
Open Door Christian 61, Country Christian 36
"We traveled to Troutdale to play Open Door Christian Academy in a pivotal league game to decide district seeding," said Nofziger. "Unfortunately for us we piggy-backed off our second half performance the night before and it really hurt us."
With the defense sluggish and offense struggling all night, the Huskies bagged a 61-36 win over the Cougars June 8.
Country Christian trailed 33-14 at the half and would get no closer before the final buzzer.
Matthew Weissenbrunner led the way with 11 points, Elijah Wallbaum added seven and Luke Stopper had five.
"The first half hole was too big to dig out of," Nofziger said.
Country Christian 53, Colton 36
The Cougars got back on the winning side June 10 with a 53-36 win over Colton in a non-league matchup.
"This game looked like a completely different team compared to earlier in the week," Nofziger said. "Starting off with full-court pressure, the boys got things going early on both ends of the court.
"Malachi O'Connor and Dominic Doyle set the tone with tremendous ball pressure on their guards which led to steals (O'Connor with three and Doyle with four) and fast break points," Nofziger added.
The defense was once again vocal and playing as a unit, which led to not only turnovers, but rebounds and fast break points. Mathew Weissenbrunner had a good outing, recording 19 points, eight rebounds and three steals.
"Moving the ball was our key to success playing against Colton's long, lengthy zone," Nofziger said.
Elijah Wallbaum added nine points, Luke Stopper had eight points, and Rhett Johnson and Cooper Halverson both chipped in six points.
"It was a much better outing and a great note to end on going into the final week of the season," Nofziger said.
Country Christian currently sits in sixth place with a 2-4 league mark (4-7 overall).
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