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Cougars hang on for another district win

January 27, 2019

Crosby took a 20-point lead into halftime. Goose Creek Memorial cut that lead in half by the end of the third quarter. Crosby’s lead was down to six a couple minutes into the fourth quarter.

Yet the Crosby Cougars were able to hold on to get a 57-49 victory over the Goose Creek Memorial Patriots on Friday evening, Jan. 25 at Crosby.

“Third quarter, I think sometimes you start looking at the scoreboard more. I think they were a little too cautious on the shot selection, and that cautiousness took away everything that we worked for for two quarters.” coach Edwin Egans attempted to diagnose what went wrong in the third quarter, a quarter in which the Cougars had ten turnovers. “I have to give Goose Creek credit. They fought; they didn’t want to go down.”

Sophomore Jaylen Herman made a layup in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. He got fouled and completed the and-one. Six of his team-high 22 points came in the fourth quarter.

Senior Kion Gonzalez drew a charge a couple minutes into the fourth quarter and hit a layup a minute later.

Sophomore Kaleb Stewart hit five of his six free throws in the fourth quarter, including all four that he took in the final minute.

Crosby was already in the double bonus to start the fourth quarter, and the Cougars went a combined 9-for-11 shooting free throws in the fourth quarter.

Herman and junior Josh Metoyer came up with steals in the final minute of the game to help seal the Cougars’ victory.

It’s a learning experience. I’ve spoken about how young and inexperienced this team is,” said Egans. Every guy needs to be thrown in the fire and understand how to deal with situations, but I thought they handled themselves well.”

The win moves Crosby’s District 22-5A record to 6-3

The game against Goose Creek was the second game in the second half of district play.

Egans’s biggest takeaway from the first half of district play is that the team needs to play better on the road. All three of its losses came on the road (at Ball, Friendswood, and Lee).

Since they played a majority of their games on the road in the first half of district play, three of their five remaining games come at home, which Egans feels good about, but he pointed out that playoff games aren’t played at home and playing better on the road is still a big focus.

After the win over Goose Creek, Crosby’s next three games come at home against Ball on Jan. 29, at Texas City on Feb. 1, and at home against Friendswood on Feb. 5.

Those three teams are the teams that are currently ahead of Crosby in the district standings.

“It’s important because it’s the next three games,” said Egans. “It doesn’t matter if the next three games were against teams lower in the standings, it’s the next game, so we have to take it one game at a time. We’re going to scout them. We’ve played them once already, so we’re a little more familiar with what they do, and we’re going to try to learn from the first game and then go out and play a better game.”

The familiarity works both ways, he pointed out. Both teams are going to try to take advantage of what they learned in their first matchup setting up what Egans termed “a fight of wills.”

The Cougars will be looking for their second consecutive playoff berth.

elliott.lapin@hearst.com

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