In their lowest scoring affair of the season, The Cottage School Cougars still managed to defeat the Mill Springs Mustangs 32-22 with an outstanding defensive effort. TCS ends the regular season undefeated for the second year in a row and the league will have to wait until next school year to get a shot to end the Cougars twenty-seven game regular season conference winning streak. In the 24-year history of the Atlanta Athletic Conference, no team has ever come close to this milestone. There have been a few undefeated seasons along the way, but never a school to play two and one half seasons of basketball without a loss in the regular season.
Coach Briggs spoke after the game, “Well, we are so proud of the guys for reaching yet another goal we set out to do when we started back in October, but to think of how difficult winning is, period…not to mention sweeping the conference dating back to December of 2010. It is just remarkable and an accomplishment I never imagined coaching here or anywhere. No coach sets a goal to go unbeaten each season. They hope to do that, but to be realistic; so many things must take place. Health, mental toughness, and young men who from our middle school up believe in a system. This game was not our finest, but like NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson once said, ‘it doesn’t matter if you win by one or twenty, a win is a win.’ We are happy but need to stay focused. We are not done yet as our sights are set now on another AAC crown to continue this amazing run.”
To the game:
The Mustangs did a good job holding the Cougars from scoring early, but really it was the lack of making a lay-up that made this game close. After the first period, Mill Springs led 5-3 and TCS missed five fast-break lay-ups. TCS did better in the second frame, and so took a small 13-9 advantage.
In the second half, the Cougars started strong, and it appeared the game was about to be a blowout as TCS went on a 10-0 run to go ahead 23-9. However, over the next 12 minutes in the contest, the Cougars hit another drought and MSA took advantage, finishing the game on a 13-9 run of its own. The AAC champs held on, though, converting on four big free throws when the Mustangs cut it to an eight-point game and began to foul with a minute remaining. TCS prevails, 32-22.
A.J. Farrar finished with 24 rebounds, 14 points, 3 steals, and 8 block shots. It was the third time this year he fell one board shy off the school record of 25 in a game. He also was one block short from the school record set by Chris Schleier in 2006 with 9 blocks.
Dion Schmidt had a career high in rebounds with 11 boards and scored 9 points.
Evan Robertson provided great senior leadership. He scored 8 points and moved the ball, executing the offense.
The Cougars displayed great effort and focus on defense throughout the game.
Proud Cougar Coaches,
Suroy Henderson and Richie Briggs