By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
On the scoreboard, it may not have looked like the Somerset Christian Cougars won, but in the end, they were the winners.
When the final horn sounded on Saturday evening at Charlie Correll Memorial Gymnasium, the Cougars were on the losing end of a 59-47 score to visiting Wesley Christian.
However, the Riders of Wesley Christian have too many foreign exchange students on their roster, so they must forfeit every KCAA game that they play during the regular season.
So, in the end, it was indeed a victory for the Cougars, allowing them to move to 6-3 in league play on the year.
The Cougars started out the game on fire, running out to a 9-0 lead after baskets from Devin Mayne, Jacob Ricks, Dylan Bradshaw, and Colby Alexander. Wesley Christian, following a timeout, would roar back to tie the game up at 12 and eventually take a 16-12 lead at the conclusion of the first quarter.
Kirk Stickley, the head coach of the Cougars, noted that if his team hit their free-throws, they would have come out victorious against the visiting Riders.
“We came out hot early there in the first quarter, but then we started letting them chip away at us,” told Stickley. “They were making baskets and then fouling us, but we couldn’t make our free-throws – we missed 17 today. We can play with these guys and possibly beat these guys, but it’s going to take a lot things of things to fall into place for that to happen.”
Wesley Christian opened the second frame with a 13-0 over the Cougars. Following the span of 13 unanswered points, Somerset Christian trailed by a score of 29-13 with just over 4 minutes left to play in the second frame.
After outscoring the Cougars by a margin of 20-6, the Riders went into the locker room at halftime with a 36-19 lead.
Both teams scored 10 points each in the third quarter, keeping the margin the same, but the score at 46-29. Ricks had a big quarter for the Cougars, scoring 8 of his team’s 10 third quarter points.
Somerset Christian, who outscored the Riders 18-11, threatened to make a comeback in the fourth period, but they simply did not have enough in the tank, falling by a 12-point margin.
“We don’t have the size to match up with them, but I think we do have the athletic ability to,” told the Cougar hoops coach. “We played with a lot of heart and a lot of desire – there’s no doubt about that. I’m always proud of the guys on this team.”
The Cougars were led in scoring by Ricks, who tied for a contest-high 16 points. Hunter Reed wasn’t far behind, finishing with 15 points on the night. Alexander tallied 7 points, while Mayne chipped in with 6. Bradshaw had 2 points in the game, while Caleb Adams added in with a point.
Somerset Christian will return to action this weekend, when they will compete in the KCAA All “A” Tournament in Lexington.
WCS – 16 20 10 11 – 59
SCS – 13 6 10 18 – 47