Athletic Results from Tuesday, Jan. 4


  • The boys JV basketball team lost a hard-fought game last night at Victory Christian by a score of 38-33. The Cougars battled back from a seven point halftime deficit to have three shots in the last minute of the game to pull even with the talent laden Knights. All ten players contributed greatly in our first game back from the holiday break. Myles Grier led the team in scoring with 8 points. Eric Fromke, Ryan Marks, and Daniel Wyatt each chipped in with 5 points. Daniel Wyatt had his best game of the year on the boards and led the team with 6 rebounds. Grant Gossage, Blake Brewer, and Ben Dorfman did a great job inside battling against the bigger Victory Christian post players. We have been very close to pulling out victories over some very good teams the last three games, and will look to get over the hump on Thursday as the boys travel to take on Westchester Country Day School.

 

  • The varsity girls’ basketball team traveled to Victory Christian Tuesday and found themselves in a battle. After the first quarter the Lady Cougars led with the score of 13-7.  By the half the Lady Cougars found themselves in a hole 20-15. The girls fought throughout the second half but lost with a final score of 36-33. Chantal Neuwald led the way with 13 pts, Emma Virtanen added 12, Anna Estep 4 and Mackenzie Moyer and Julie Harriss added 2 pts.

 

  • Cannon’s varsity boys basketball team resumed play in the New Year tonight on the road in a very difficult environment versus a very tough team, the Victory Christian Center School Kings. VCCS was fresh off a Runner-Up finish in the Bojangles Classic held here in Charlotte over the holidays. Additionally, VCCS is a team and school accustomed to winning championships. The Kings are the current NCISAA 2A State Champions and are led by two Division I prospects in Center Montarius Hall and Shooting Guard Lloyd Simmons. Cannon started the game off well matching the Kings shot for shot. A strong inside finish in traffic by Will Nork and six first quarter points by Alec Wintering led Cannon to an 8-8 tie. VCCS would score the last 8 points of the first quarter though to take a 16-8 lead. The second quarter saw something happen that has not happened much lately and that is a complete defensive breakdown by Cannon. The Cougars tried to mix and match their defensive schemes to thwart the King’s run but nothing worked. The Kings would bury 5 second quarter three pointers and charge into the locker room with a commanding 17 point lead at 33-16. After an animated half-time talk on the requisite effort and focus needed to compete with the likes of a VCCS, Cannon took the court in the second half and looked like a new team. The club’s defensive mindset completely changed. The Cougars were where they needed to be, when they needed to be there. We started limiting the King’s to only one shot at the basket on their offensive possessions. The offense began to click as Nork and Hans-Christian Lauer led the charge with 7 and 5 points respectively in the third quarter. When the dust had settled after the third period, the Cougars had outscored the Kings 18-10 and had clawed themselves back into the game down by only nine. The Cougars’ run would not stop there either. Two strong baskets by Nork and a pretty free-threw rebound and put-back score by Sr. Stewart Brown help Cannon continue to narrow the gap. In fact, we would actually get the lead down to four points on two different occasions. The well would eventually run dry though. A Stewart Brown three-pointer would stem the tide momentarily, but in the end the Kings’ onslaught from the three-point line would be too much to overcome on this night. For the game VCCS would nail a whopping 10 three-pointers and they would run out to a 61-46 win in the end. The final score does not adequately reflect how hard the team played and competed in the second half, but it is yet another lesson learned by this scrappy bunch. Alec Wintering would lead the Cougars with 14 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. Will Nork would add 13 points and 5 rebounds. Hans Christian Lauer contributed 7 points and 4 rebounds and Stewart Brown would score 7 points and corral 2 rebounds during the game.