Injury-riddled Cougars drop a pair in NBL
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There’s no doubt Rancho Cotate High boys’ basketball team competes hard each time it takes the court, but with an injury-riddled lineup, the Cougars continue to find themselves on the short end of scores.

On Monday, Jan. 27, Rancho Cotate played well early but was unable to stay with Maria Carrillo of Santa Rosa as it fell 70-48. On Jan. 23, the host Cougars dropped a 57-45 decision to Ukiah, which is one game off the pace in the NBL at 5-2 (14-5 overall).

Rancho Cotate remained winless in the North Bay League at 0-7 and dropped to 4-15. The Cougars will be at home tonight, Jan. 31, for an encounter with powerful Montgomery of Santa Rosa, which leads the NBL with at 6-1 (14-5 overall).

Maria Carrillo 70

Rancho Cotate 48

Ryan Sousa topped all scorers for the Cougars with nine points.

The Cougars trailed by only three at the end of the first period, but the Pumas dominated the second quarter, 20-7, to pull away. Maria Carrillo outscored Rancho Cotate 34-28 in the second half.

 

Ukiah 57, Rancho Cotate 45

Despite another rough team outing, two individuals stood tall for the Cougars.

Anthony Matteri dropped in 17 points, grabbed five rebounds and had two assists. Teammate Jake Howard had a big night on the boards as he grabbed 12 rebounds. He also doled out a pair of assists.

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