The Somerset Christian Cougars boys basketball team kicked off the 2012-2013 season in the KCAA Tip-Off Classic with a dominating 32-point victory over the Titans from Trinity Christian Academy. This past Saturday, the Cougars traveled to Lexington for a regional contest with Trinity hoping to make it two for two against the Titans.
The Cougars struggled on the offensive end of the court, shooting an abysmal 27 percent from the field, on their way to a very disappointing 44-41 loss to the Titans.
Just how bad were the Cougars? SCS scored only four points, while only attempting five shots during the first quarter of play. This was due to the combination of turnovers and the inability to get virtually any defensive rebounds.
Trinity led 9-4 after the first period, but SCS outscored the host Titan squad 13-6 in the second quarter to regain a 17-15 lead at halftime. The Cougars held a small 27-25 advantage heading into the fourth stanza, but Titan junior Lansing Williams scored 10 of his team-high 12 points during the decisive final quarter of play, allowing Trinity to escape with the three point victory.
SCS was led in scoring by Tyler Burton with 13 points. Sophomore Jacob Ricks also reached double figures with 12 points.
"We're just not playing good basketball right now and it's more of a mental issue than it is physical," stated SCS head coach Shane Skaggs. "We haven't matched our level of play since the first few weeks of the season, and it's both frustrating and disappointing. Even in our wins, we're a much better basketball team than we've shown since coming back from the holiday break."
"We've been trying to instill a certain mentality into our players, but we just haven't gotten them all on the same page yet," continued Skaggs. "If we can get all of our players playing with the same purpose, then we'll take that next step and start playing up to our potential. We'll be a fun team to watch if we can reach that level."
Somerset Christian fell to 13-4 on the season, and 2-2 within region play. The Cougars will return to action on Friday evening, playing host to the Community Christian Crusaders. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
SCS defeated the Crusaders 56-51 in the KCAA Tip-Off Classic Championship game back in early November. Somerset Christian also ventures to Morehead on Saturday for another pivotal regional contest with the Lakeside Christian Falcons.