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Mar, 2020

Cole Pulls Away, 3A 'Ship is TBD

(By: Antonio G. Castillo)

 

San Antonio, TX-

With Cole clinging to a 25-21 halftime lead, the Cougars would clamp down with defense in the third quarter, limiting the Greyhounds to only 5 points, and would erupt for a 23-point fourth quarter to pull away from Peaster High School on Thursday afternoon, 58-44.

Senior Jordyn Arnette would lead the Cougars with 19 points and finished 2 rebounds short of a double-double. Eleven of his points would come in the second half. He and sophomore Trey Blackmore would connect on back to back treys to start the third quarter, giving the Cougs a 31-23 lead, and a much needed offensive spark. 

Peaster would mount one more run and cut the deficit to a two possession game when Braxton Bosher would put in a layup, making it a 41-36 game with 4:39 in the 3rd quarter, but Cole would counter punch. 

Point guard Silas Livingston would calmly line it up from the right wing and drain a three-pointer, giving Cole some room, and the eight-point cushion, 44-36. From that point on the Cougars separated, closing the contest on a 14-8 run, securing the 3A State Semifinal victory.

“Honestly we told the guys that I thought they were wearing down. I thought our defensive pressure and defensive intensity was kind of wearing them down. They kept it close, but we felt like they were making tough shots in the first half. We knew if we could just continue to put up the pressure and continue to make them take tough shots, and make tough shots, that we felt maybe in the fourth quarter we’d kind of pull away,” said Cole Head Coach Noe Cantu.

For the game, Livingston was the only other Cole player with double digits, finishing with 10 points, connecting on two treys. Blackmore added 9pts, and sophomore big man Vince Iwuchukwu who battled foul trouble most of the game, still logged 9pts and 7rebs.

The Cougars  showed onlookers that they are an athletic team and have plenty of talent to help carry the load, and Arnette was the difference maker in scoring eight of Cole's final fourteen points. 

Their victory potentiially sets up a 3A State Championship with Dallas Madison, who topped the Cougars in their 2019 State Semifinal appearance. Both programs remain in limbo until the University Interscholastic League determines how to proceed after deciding to suspend the tournament amid fears of the Coronavirus outbreak earlier in the afternoon. 

Coach Cantu talked about his approach over the coming days as the remaining teams and UIL have entered uncharted territory.

“I think we’ll take it day by day obviously. A lot more stuff is probably gonna come out in the future and we’ll probably know a little bit more. Hopefully by the end of this weekend we’ll at least have some clarity of what they’re gonna do. Then once we know what’s going to go on, we’ll more forward with what we gotta do. Obviously we want to play, everybody wants to play. At the end of the day we gotta do whatever is told for us.”

On the season, Cole improves to 33-6 overall, and will now anxiously await word if and when they can play for the State 3A Championship.