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Cougar Basketball Update

Congratulations to our Cougar junior-high basketball players, who are now on a three-game winning streak!


The co-ed squad prevailed Thursday, Jan. 21, when they traveled to play the Marfa Shorthorns. It was a 19-16 win for the Cougars – and Coach Joe Czubinski said it was a “good win in a tough environment.”


“Our kids have won three in a row,” Coach Ski said, “and I still don't think we've played our best game yet.”


Coach Ski said he hopes to see the team “keep getting better with each game,” and he praised his players for their “great hustle and effort.”


Eli Tate led the junior-high Cougars in scoring in the Jan. 21 game, with 11 points, along with 21 rebounds. Brandon Crabb had six points and 10 rebounds, and point guard Isaac Rangel had two points, along with a team-leading five steals. Kinsey Tate was strong on the boards, with seven rebounds.


The junior-high team will play at HOME Monday, Jan. 25, against Fort Davis, beginning at 4 p.m. Concessions will be available!


Our five-player varsity squad also continues to improve. The team fell to Fort Davis, at Fort Davis, on Jan. 15 – by a score of 51-33. But Coach Ski said it was a “great job for our second game.”


“We wanted to play better than our first game,” he said, “score more and give up less, and we accomplished that.”


Stevie Morales had a standout game – scoring 20 of the Cougars' 33 points. Reyes Espinoza followed in the scoring, with 11 points, along with six rebounds and six steals.


In addition to the lead scorers, Coach Ski said “Luis (Ayala), Iris (Ayala) and Hunter (O'Leary) played some really good defense.”


The varsity team played a tough opponent on Tuesday, Jan. 10 – in the “stacked, loaded and very talented” Balmorhea Bears. The Cougars fell 47-26. Coach Ski said his five players made a good showing on defense.


“Our kids did their absolute best to hang with them,” Coach Ski said. “We didn't give up as many points as our last game, but we slipped on the offensive output.”


Reyes Espinoza had a “great overall game,” Coach Ski said, “with seven points, 10 rebounds, five steals and five assists. Steve Morales led the team in scoring with 12 points, and Luis Ayala had seven points. Coach Ski said that while Hunter and Iris didn't score, “defense and hustle plays don't show up on stats, and they had those.”


The Cougar varsity squad travels to play Van Horn today – which Coach Ski anticipates will be a “really tough task.” Best of luck today, team! And Go Cougars!