On Wednesday, Jan. 8 the Lassen Cougars basketball team opened up conference play on the road against rival Feather River College.
This was one of the most exciting games of the year as both teams traded punches all game long, and neither team was able to really take control of the game.
Feather jumped out to an early lead; then the Cougars came roaring back to not just tie the game but take the lead.
Lassen controlled the tempo for most of the first half, but Feather was able to score some easy fast break points to keep things close.
Once one team looked like they were going to seize momentum, the other would spark a run. The game entered halftime tied at 33 with both teams shooting the ball well.
The second half was more of the same as both teams traded points and made some big shots down the stretch. The Cougars found themselves with the ball at the end of regulation with the game tied, but were unable to convert, so the game went to overtime.
Lassen led for most of the overtime but missed some key free throws down the stretch that left the door open for Feather River.
Feather was able to take advantage, and the Cougars ran out of time, falling 81-84.
Frederick Murphy led the Cougars in scoring with 20 points, Mykyta Kalin had 15 points, Alberto Ortega had 13 points, Ibrahim Shabazz had 12 points and Andre Davis had 11 points off the bench.
“This was the most consistent we have played in a 40 minute span; we just needed five more minutes of it. It was great to see the guys compete and put themselves in a position to win the game. We are still making our lives a lot harder by missing free throws and not having great awareness at times. This group is still learning, and once we get more consistent at the little things, we will be better equipped to handle the big things like end of game situations,” said Coach Will Freedman.
The Cougars had a home game against the newly revitalized College of the Redwoods, Saturday, Jan. 18. Results were unavailable at press time. Look for the results in the Tuesday, Jan. 28 issue of the Lassen County Times.