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March 18, 2014 > Cougars finish great season a bit short

Cougars finish great season a bit short

By Mike Heightchew

A great season for the Newark Memorial Cougars came to a dramatic end with just 1:03 left in the game when the Cougars could not grab a high rebound, and Modesto ChristianÕs Crusaders Mason Washington hit a crushing 3-point shot from the corner. This gave the Crusaders the lead, 56-53, that sealed the Cougars fate.

From the start, things did not fall into place for the Cougars. Modesto Christian dominated the paint area in the first quarter; Crusaders Mason Washington tallied 10 points in the first quarter and the Crusaders put in four 3-pointers that had troubling earmarks for the Cougars. In an uncomfortable position at the half, the Cougars found themselves behind 28-21 but fought back as they have all year. With hope for a comeback, NewarkÕs Michael Pickney tried to close the gap as he found the basket, putting in nine points in third quarter. Even with the effort, the Cougars found themselves still down by seven heading into the fourth quarter.

Victory was still with the Cougar grasp as they began to dominate rebounds. With 3:09 left, a patented Cougar comeback was within sight. Joey Frenchwood hit two free throws after a great move to draw the foul then Johnny Parker ran up 12 points to wrestle the lead from the Crusaders, 52-49. The end came for the Cougars with just 26 seconds left in the game when Mason Washington hit a big 3-point shot to regain the lead; the Cougars never found a way to shut him down. Even with crucial free throws to take the within a point, there was just not enough time for a victory. The ball would just not bounce NewarkÕs way. Final score: Modesto Christian 56, Newark Memorial 55.

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