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March 11, 2013

Somerset Christian places 4th in Nationals


Dayton, Tenn. — SCS 16 15 20 12 – 63

CCS 12 16 11 11 – 50

SOMERSET CHRISTIAN – Reed 17, Ricks 16, Alexander 14 , Ellenberg 8, Mayne 5, Burton 2, Lewis 1.

In the Cougars’ fourth game, they faced Galilean Christian Academy Eagles from Liberty, Ky. The Cougars fell 71-49.

This was the semi-final game for Division 5. The Cougars had faced the Eagles back on Dec. 7, 2012 and had come out victorious 71-55.

Whether this added any motivation for the Eagles is anyone’s guess. But the Cougars knew they would have to contain the Martin brothers, Jordan, Marvin and Gabriel.

Together the brothers scored over half of the Eagles points. Jordan had a team high 25, Marvin 6 and Gabriel added 17.

“We shot 30 percent from the field, that kind of cold shooting will kill any team,” Stickley said. “It was a physical game and neither team wanted to give an inch, but in the fourth quarter our frustration took control and we let them take the game away from us.”

SCS 16  10 17 6  – 49

GCA 15 17 16 23 – 71

SOMERSET CHRISTIAN – Reed  14, Ricks 10, Burton 9, Ellenberg    8, Alexander   4, Lewis   4.

The Cougars played their fifth game against Mountain View Christian Conquerors from Winchester, VA. The Cougars were facing the biggest team of the tournament for third place in Division 5. The Conquerors had two 6'7" players, a 6'4" guard and a 6'3" guard.

The Cougars feel 91-75 to take home fourth place in the NACA National Division 5

“We came out attacking their inside hoping to get  the senior center, Brandon Pressley in foul trouble,” Stickley said. “At the end of the first quarter, we were tied at 22-22 and we even had the lead at half at 43-39. But in the second half the Conquerors’ three  seniors, Pressley, James Kirksey and Isaac Foltz took control of the game, as they combined to outscore the entire Cougar team 44-32.”

“We gave it everything we had, but we were so tired by the end of the 3rd quarter, but we kept fighting all the way to the end,” Stickley said. “I am very proud of how hard we played against a bigger, more physical team. 4th place is nothing to be ashamed of, there were some very athletic and big teams in this tournament. We played very well for our first time there.”

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