East County Sports

Cougars flat after exhausting win at tourney



By Bill Dickens
© East County Sports.com


NATIONAL CITY (12-21-16) — It was less than a thing of beauty for the Steele Canyon Cougars in Tuesday’s (Dec. 20) Sweetwater Xtreme Glass Tournament.

“We just played terrible in the first quarter,” said Cougars coach DEREK STEPHENS. “We’ve been coming out flat. After the first quarter it was a pretty even game.”

The Cougars cut it to 5 in both the second and third quarters, and led 25-20 in the fourth. But it was too little, too late as the Patriots took the victory 78-63 over Steele Canyon.

“What happened in the first quarter can’t happen again,” Stephens said of the 32-14 blistering the Cougars endured in that period. “We’re solid but need to get in the gym for some practice time.”

It should be noted that Steele Canyon was coming off a double-overtime win a night earlier.

GAGE SANDERS paced the Cougars with 16 points, while THOMAS FISHBURNE came in right behind him with 15 points.

Four Cougars had 6 points and two had four.

Steele Canyon:  Gage Sanders 16, Thomas Fishburne 15, De’Angelo Lewis 6, Jalen Sayles 6, Darrin Spence 6, Tyler Smith 6, Nick Barns 4, Amir Harris 4.

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