March 13, 2012 > Cougars conquer first round of CIF
Cougars conquer first round of CIF
By John Suza, Photo by Mike Heightchew
Second seed Newark Cougars beat the Bella Vista Broncos (Fair Oaks) 75-64 to advance to next Division II round of State CIF competition. Bella Vista tried to take control from the beginning with a full court press but with no success. Cougar speed was too much for the Broncos and outside shooting sealed the deal. Although competition under the basket was intense, the Cougars ran circles around Bella Vista, opening a 34-25 lead by the half.
The second half opened up with the same scenario as Cougar scored from all points of the compass. Newark Memorial just had too many weapons in their arsenal despite great 20-point efforts from K.J. Logue and Ahmad Smith of Bella Vista.
The Cougars move on to the next CIF round to play the third seed Serra Padres (San Mateo) who cruised to a 66-43 win over Las Lomas (Walnut Creek). It looks like an epic battle is brewing Tuesday, March 13 between titans of the hardwood featuring Serra's Henry Caruso (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Andre Miller (20 points) against a battle-hardened Cougar team including Damien Banford, Casey Norris and Paramvir Singh.