Entering the fourth quarter the Rancho Cotate Men’s Basketball team led by just 2 points. By the time the fourth quarter was over they had won by 20. The Cougars outscored the Lobos 27-9 in route to a 63-43 victory. This was the second straight conference win for the Cougars as they improved to 9-8 on the season.
Andrew Pengel again led the Cougars in scoring, with 21 points and four made threes. While Junior Guard Jayvion Scott took over the fourth quarter, scoring 10 points in route to a 16 point night. His fourth quarter offense consisted of a thunderous dunk, ankle breaking cross overs and acrobatic finishes at the rim.
According to Head Coach Mike Washington, all the fourth quarter success could be attributed to the Cougars defense.
“I thought we dug in more on defense in the fourth quarter,” Washington said. “We took more pride in contesting three point shots.”
Washington also said the Cougars cleaning up the defensive glass in the fourth quarter was a big factor in the run. The Lobos had the edge in the three-point and rebounding department the first three quarters, but the Cougars took control of the game by winning both of those categories in the final stanza.
Often times basketball games are won and lost by which team wants it more and which team plays harder. The Cougars dug deep inside and played harder than the Lobos and this is what resulted in the 27-9 fourth quarter.