A change of defensive strategy late in the first half spurred the Cougars into a 10-2 run to finish the first half with a one-point lead at 49-48.
“In the first half we didn’t rotate well out of the press or out of our two-three match-up zone, so we switched to full-court man and incorporated some trapping. We made up the eight-point deficit to go in at half up by one, 49-48,” said CBC head coach Bucky Hartman.
The Cougars were working inside-out in the second half and their shots were falling. The Cougars benefitted from the presence of big man Benny Addison in the middle as he was able to finish off a few baskets and if he found himself covered, he dished it back outside to the guards for an open shot.
The Cougars outscored the Coyotes 54-36 over the second 20 minutes to finish the game with a 103-86 victory.
“Jordan Taylor and Reggie DeVaughn both played well offensively, making some big buckets when we needed them,” Hartman said.
DeVaughn led the Cougar scoring with 26 points, which included hitting five of eight three-pointers. Schann Bratton hit for 20 points and helped clear the boards with eight big rebounds. Jordan Taylor added 14 points as did post Addison.
Coastal Bend College traveled to Victoria College on Monday and will be in San Antonio on Saturday afternoon to meet Our Lady of the Lake for a 1 p.m. tilt.
The Cougars will be back at home on Feb. 10 when Victoria College pays the CBC club a visit.