|Tough times continue on court for RC boys
Key injuries taking toll on Cougars, who remain winless in league play
The struggles continued for Rancho Cotate High’s boys’ basketball team as it was on the wrong end of lopsided scores in its last three games.
The Cougars traveled to Petaluma for a North Bay League encounter with Casa Grande and took a 57-31 loss on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Four days earlier, Santa Rosa powered past the Cougars 68-27. On Jan. 15, Cardinal Newman recorded a 49-31 win over the Cougars.
It’s been a tough go of it for the Cougars, who are playing without two key performers in starting center Nick Tuttle and guard Michael Wambold. Tuttle fractured his ankle earlier this month in a game against Montgomery of Santa Rosa. Wambold tore his anterior cruciate ligament during practice in December and was scheduled to have surgery today, Jan. 24.
The losses dropped Rancho Cotate to 4-13 overall and 0-5 in the NBL. Rancho Cotate’s next game is Monday at 7:30 p.m. at home against Santa Rosa’s Maria Carrillo.
Casa Grande 57, Rancho Cotate 31
The Gauchos held the Cougars to single digit scoring in all but the second quarter to win going away. The halftime score was 30-15; the Cougars scored 11 in the second period.
Ryan Sousa scored almost half the Cougars’ points with 15, including two 3-point baskets.
It marked the first NBL win for Casa Grande.
Santa Rosa 68, Rancho Cotate 27
After hanging with the Panthers in the first quarter in which they trailed 11-8, the Cougars were unable to maintain their level of play as they were outpointed 15-2 in the second quarter.
Heading into the final period, Santa Rosa had established a 51-24 lead. Again, Sousa was the top scorer for the Cougars with seven points.
Cardinal Newman 49, Rancho Cotate 31
Sophomore Alec Wong led the Cougars with 11 points, followed by senior Anthony Matteri with nine.
Wong also added two steals and committed only one turnover.
The Cougars were able to crack double digits in a quarter with 14 in the fourth quarter.