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March 19, 2013 > Mitty ends Cougar season (again) in NorCal opener

Mitty ends Cougar season (again) in NorCal opener

Submitted By Mike Heightchew, Photo by Mike Heightchew

March 9, 2013 could have been a day of triumph for the Newark Memorial Cougars as they faced last year's post-season nemesis Archbishop Mitty in the first round of NorCal competition. At the start of the game, things were looking good for the Cougars as Joey Frenchwood opened up with barrage of 3-pointers, three in the first quarter, and added 13 points in the second. Great Cougar team defense forced 15 turnovers early allowing a double-digit Cougar lead in the first quarter.

With just three minutes left the second quarter, the host Archbishop Mitty Monarchs regrouped and made a run of their own, slowly breaking through the Newark defense with their biggest offensive weapon, Forward Aaron Gordon. Gordon drew double and sometimes triple coverage, allowing outside shooting. The Monarchs slowly fought their way back into the game as they closed the Newark lead to 29-26 at halftime.

As the third quarter progressed, it became clear that the end of the Newark Cougar season was in jeopardy as momentum started to swing in favor of Mitty. When 6-foot-8 Aaron Gordon, ranked 5th in the nation, finally broke through the Newark defense, the Monarchs began to run the court at will. The Cougars were unable to stop the Mitty Express.

The Monarch offense, stifled in the first half of the game began to stir and they scored 15 points in the third quarter to open an insurmountable lead. Gordon led Mitty with 14 points, 17 rebounds and four assists, most in the second half.

Final score: Mitty 63, Newark Memorial 51

Although eliminated from further competition in 2013, the Cougar team was a dominant force on the hardwood this year and look forward to another winning season of hoops next year.

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