Cougars lose nail-biting game against the Raiders.

Crystin Urban Sports Reporter

December 6, 2013

The Logan County Cougar basketball team began their season on Monday as they faced the Warren East Raiders. The two teams battled hard throughout the game and it came down to a nail-biting finish. Unfortunately, the Cougars would not be able to make the play as they fell 68-66 to the Raiders.

The Cougars started the game off with a small lead, but the Raiders were right behind them the whole time. The two teams fought hard, but by the end of the first quarter the Cougars were able to come out on top with a small lead of 14-12.The remainder of the half was close between the two teams, but the Raiders would go into half time with a one point lead of 28-27.

The second half of the game the Cougars would turn the intensity up against the Raiders. The Cougars were able to pull away a few times, but the Raiders would always fight back and keep the game tied as long as they could. With a little over a minute to go in the game, the game would be tied 66-66, and the Cougars would have the ball.

The Cougars would run a play, but the Raiders defense was too strong for the Cougars as they lost the ball before they were able to score. With six seconds left, the Raiders would take the ball down the court and score, winning the game 68-66.

Ben Wright led the Cougars with 20 points. Clint Knight followed with 17 points along with Landon Stratton with 16.

“I am very proud of the team. They fought hard from the beginning to the end. They made some little mistakes but the effort was there and I am extremely proud of them,” said head coach Lonnie Mason. “We had some foul trouble during the game and had to sit some varsity players out, but the younger guys really stepped it up and played hard. We are going to work more on our defense and that will the be key all year long. We are going to work on getting better as a team but I believe that is going to be a good year for us.”

The Cougars were originally scheduled to play Todd County tonight, but the game has been postponed to a later date due to the winter weather.