The Cougars missed more than half their shots from the charity stripe as the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars escaped with a 74-68 victory. If the Cougars were as proficient as usual from the line, the game would easily have been placed in the Cougar win column.
The CBC men, despite their woes from the line, led 29-27 and were playing some stout defense against the Jags.
“I thought we played extremely well defensively, but in the end, we couldn’t make free throws, and the bad turnovers against the press got us in the end,” said Cougar head coach Larry Mendez.
“But on a positive note, we played good defense, which will always keep us in games.”
Jacksonville was hot opening the second half with an 11-0 run that put the Cougars in a deep hole. The CBC men were able to right things and get back on top 53-52 with about eight minutes left.
The game ebbed and flowed the rest of the way. The teams traded short runs, but neither controlled things until the very end. The zone press of the Jaguars gave the Cougars fits all night and a pair of costly turnovers with less than a minute on the clock allowed the visitors to close out the contest. The Cougars were forced to foul late, but the Jags made their chances at the free throw line.
The final went to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 74-68.
Brandon Golden led all scorers with 29 points. Brandon Hairston followed with 12 markers, and Derrick Little contributed nine.
The Cougars are on the road today with a date with the Angelina College Roadrunners. The CBC men will return to Beeville for their game on Wednesday evening with Lamar State College. The tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.