March 4, 2014 > Cougars fight back to stay in tournament hunt
Cougars fight back to stay in tournament hunt
Submitted By Mike Heightchew
The Newark Memorial Cougars fought there way back in a hard fought North Coast Section (NCS) contest with Maria Carrillo on March 1st to win, 67-56. From the start it was clear that this was not going to be an easy victory. Maria Carrillo showed speed and control, taking the Cougars out of their game plan and disrupting their potent offense. Maria seemed to get the jump on the ball and take control of the game through the first half; the Cougars were down by as many as 13 points.
As the third quarter began, the Cougars clawed back into the game, only eight points down as the game entered the fourth quarter. Digging deep, Cougar players had a great fourth quarter to pull themselves within striking distance and, with 5:23 left in the game, Damien Banford got the ball under the basket and put it in to tie the game 50-50. Finally Cougar defense and offense were clicking lit up the scoreboard, running away with the game and winning, 67-56. Demien Banford had a standout performance with 20 points and 21 rebounds, a big factor to turn the game around in the second half. After a slow start, Joey Frenchwood also helped the Cougar resurgence hitting 16 or 21.
The Newark Memorial Cougar victory sets up a big Mission Valley Athletic League showdown with rival Washington High School (Fremont) who has also shown great poise on the court. The game is set for Wednesday, March 5th at 7 p.m. at Newark Memorial.