NEW GLASGOW – Wednesday night the North Nova varsity boys basketball team fell in their second straight game to the CEC Cougars to lose the best-of-three Northumberland Region Division 1 boys basketball final 2-0.
After opening with a 74-51 win, the Cougars continued their strong play in the second game against North Nova, winning 91-33 to claim the banner.
Taran Jordan led the Cougars in scoring with 21 points, while Jesse Todd and Campbell DeMont led the Gryphons with five points apiece.
Ethan Green and Austin Deuville added 15 points each for the Cougars, while Rene Amit, Henry Munro and Connor MacGillivray adding four apiece for the Gryphons.
“We just physically and mentally didn’t compete as well as Tuesday night,” said Gryphons head coach Paul Butler. “With games back-to-back in 24 hours the fatigue kicked in for our team.”
On Tuesday night the team kept within ten points for the majority of the game before it slipped away in the fourth quarter. Butler said Wednesday at home that with the Cougars strong shooting early that his team became frustrated early and the game started to slip away.
“For two-thirds of Tuesday night we were in it, but tonight they shot the ball well early and the game got away from us a bit,” he said. “They (Cougars) came out confident and shot the ball well, a lot better than last night.”
The Gryphons, a young team this season, had senior Garrett Rivers out of the lineup and had their second senior, Amit playing with an injury. Butler said there are no excuses, but that it didn’t help having Rivers out and Amit in a limited role.
“It’s tough when you play a team that is as deep as them when you’re a younger team like us,” said Butler. “With our young team we’ve gained a lot of experience, but when it comes to playing fundamental basketball at times we’ve struggled and against a deep team you can’t do that.”
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