Somerset — Somerset Christian continued its strong start to the 2012-13 season on Saturday afternoon at Charlie Correll Memorial Gymnasium, as the homestanding Cougars came away with a 52-34 triumph over Wesley Christian.
With the 18-point victory over the visiting Riders, the Cougars are off to the best start ever under head coach Shane Skaggs, as they moved to a perfect 5-0 on the year with the victory on Saturday.
Skaggs was pleased to see his ball club pick-up a victory over a good Wesley Christian team.
“(Wesley Christian) is definitely a quality team with some nice players,” began Skaggs. “We knew it was going to be a tough and physical game. I liked our effort - we always have great effort each game. We’re still having a lot of breakdowns, but you can’t say anything about our effort.”
The Cougars never trailed in the contest, as they opened the game with a 6-0 run, paced by baskets from Tyler Burton, Daniel Ellenberg, and Devin Mayne. With 4:25 left in the first period, the Riders’ Dishawn Thompson converted on an ‘and one’ opportunity to bring an end to the Somerset Christian run of six unanswered points.
After one quarter of play, Somerset Christian led the Riders by a score of 13-7. Jacob Ricks paced the way for the Cougars in the opening frame, scoring four points.
Somerset Christian outscored Wesley Christian in the second stanza by a score of 16-8, allowing them to take a 14-point, 29-15 lead into the locker room at halftime. Colby Alexander came off the bench for the Cougars and delivered in a big way, hitting a pair of three-pointers en route to scoring eight points in the second quarter.
The Riders came out of the locker room ready to go, as they opened the second half with a 6-0 spurt. All six of those points came from Stephen Goble. Thanks to Goble’s strong play, the Riders cut Somerset Christian’s lead to eight points at 29-21.