Cougars' pressure defense frustrates Chimacum

Boys basketball: Cascade Christian stumbles after early lead but pulls away

of the HeraldJanuary 8, 2014 

Cascade Christian guard Sam Hoffman scored a team-high 11 points in the Cougars’ 46-36 victory on Friday against the Chimacum Cowboys in Class 1A Nisqually League play.

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The Cascade Christian Cougars utilized a full-court trapping defense to wear down the Chimacum Cowboys in their 46-36 victory Friday night in Puyallup.

Cascade Christian (2-6 overall, 2-2 Class 1A Nisqually League) allowed just three field goals in the fourth quarter.

“We caused some turnovers,” Cascade Christian head coach Jerry Williams said. “We did a better job of staying in position defensively, especially in the fourth quarter.”

The Cougars’ nine-point lead in the second quarter nearly evaporated as Chimacum cut the deficit to four on two occasions in the third quarter.

But Cascade Christian guards Jordan Tveter and Riley Ramos turned up the heat down the stretch with their full-court, man-to-man defense.

Williams said his team struggled in the middle of the game before it hit its stride in the fourth.

“We probably had a few two- or three-minute stretches where we need to get a little more efficient and not make self-inflicting errors,” he said.

Cascade Christian sophomore Sam Hoffman, who scored 11 points, said his team was determined to win its second league game.

“We knew it was a pretty important game,” Hoffman said. “We were 1-2 in league coming into the game, and we need to get as many wins as we can so we have a chance at the playoffs later this season.

“We’ve got a young team, and we need to keep getting better,” he added. “They (Chimacum) were a little taller than us. We had to box out hard and just fight for the ball as hard as we could.”

Williams said the victory keeps his team’s playoff hopes alive.

“It was an important win for us tonight,” he said. “We still have a really good opportunity to make the playoffs. We just have to keep winning. We’re going to do it by continuing to progress each and every game. We have done that so far. I’m excited for where this team can go.”

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