During last week’s school break, our varsity basketball teams won their penultimate regular season games on our home court at MIT Rockwell against Salem Academy Charter School. As great as winning feels, our teams should be equally proud that their sportsmanship drew kudos in a post-game tweet from their opponent (@SACSAthletics : “Congratulations @CCSCambridge for two wins in girls and boys basketball tonight. Always a pleasure to compete vs. classy student athletes.”)
Here are game recaps from Mr. Cook:
The girls played first. Led by high scorers juniors Annie Appolon and Alison Kelly and 8th grader Sheba Austin – all in double figures – the Cougars’ eagerness to translate recent practice habits into game habits showed. With a mid-season change to their offense, the new motion set proved to get the Cougars high quality looks again and again throughout the game. Ultimately, the Cougars prevailed 48-8.
Coach Harvey said of the win, “We’re making progress,” and Assistant Coach Acosta reflected that the team is “playing with their instincts.”
Captain Peg Nonez, a junior, credited the win to the Cougars’ consistent attitude throughout the game. “Our spirits stayed up, and we picked each other up whenever we made a mistake.” The positive result was correlated to a positive attitude by Alison Kelly, too, “We came out hard and stayed positive,” she said.
Anne Appolon, another junior, commented on the new offense after the game, “We’re trusting each other more and more, and we’re trusting the offense.” Following 22 field-goals, the Cougars’ confidence should be at a high-point this season, as they continue on their road to the playoffs.
The boys took the court next, entering the game with a 4-6 record. Junior Justice Young hit a jumper in the opening minute of the game, and in response Salem hit a three in transition. The Cougars languished through the next 11 minutes of the game, and the Navigators took an 8-18 lead with 4:00 left in the first half.
After a timeout by Coach Morris, a strong end-of-the-half effort behind sophomore Wilfred Beaton, Justice Young and Treshon Walker cut the deficit to 18-20. The second half started off with an improved effort, and with 6:22 left in the game the Cougars held a 37-24 lead.
With 3:40 left, the Cougars led 42-28 after junior Lovell Mumford hit a driving lay-up. Mumford scored again with 1:50 to bring the lead to 46-32. Following a nifty drive and dish pass from junior Treshon Walker to senior William Sanchez for a lay-up the score game finished 50-33 and a CCSC win.
This Friday (2/28) at MIT both Cougar teams take on Phoenix Charter Academy, with the girls game starting at 7:45 pm and the boys at 9 pm. The Lady Cougars have a 5-6 record and a chance to finish the regular season at .500. In their prior outing CCSC girls defeated Salem. The boys also have a chance to improve to move to 6-6 and potentially earn a playoff berth for the first time since 2009. They won their two prior game versus Phoenix Academy.