BOYS HOOPS: Cougars falter against Spartans 58-40


Seaside surges past CHS 58-40 in Monterey Bay League action
Tuesday night.
Head Coach Kaden Bahner trusts his players.

But after suffering a second straight double-digit Monterey Bay League loss, Bahner is imploring his guys to take it upon themselves to get the job done.

“I will go to battle with these kids, but right now I’m looking for the guys to step up,” Bahner said following the Christopher High boys basketball team’s 58-40 defeat at the hands of Seaside on Tuesday night in Gilroy.

The Cougars were down by just one, 12-11, at the end of the opening quarter. However, the game began to shift toward the Spartans (8-5 overall, 1-0 MBL) in the middle quarters and a 44-28 deficit loomed by the conclusion of the third.

“It was a pretty physical game and we did everything we could to toss a full-court press at them. It worked in the first,” Bahner said. “But too many turnovers in the second and third quarters was the biggest situation that came up. I believe that made the difference.”

Wyatt Rocheleau led the Cougars with 11 points, taking over the point guard role in the fourth quarter after DJ Campos – the team’s starting one guard – was forced to exit the game with an injury, Bahner said.

Takoda Bowers chipped in eight points, Nick Cordova had seven and Andrew Foster finished with six points.

The Cougars (3-9 overall, 0-2 MBL) travel to play Pajaro Valley (2-8 overall, 1-2 MBL) on Thursday; a game Bahner feels is a crucial early-season encounter.

“I told the kids in the locker room that this is a must win on Thursday if we have any chance of finishing .500 and qualifying for the playoffs,” Bahner said.

Game time is set for 7 p.m. in Watsonville.

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