The Cougars worked on the drive and kick in practice on Monday. It created numerous offensive opportunities for them in their match-up at El Camino. Sorie Syme excelled with 21 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 70% on 10 shots from each of the field and the charity stripe. A strong all-around performance was also made by Sean Ediger, who contributed 9 points and unofficially had 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. Leading the way for the Colts (both off the bench) were Jovaughn Williams and Antonio Roussanov with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Half Moon Bay will face rival Terra Nova in what looks on paper to be a terrific match-up Friday night @ 7:45 pm in Pacifica.
On a rainy Tuesday afternoon after hiking the stairs from the parking lot to the gym, the JV Cougar Boys moved to 3-1 in PAL competition beating El Camino handily (in the end) 52-31. The young Cougars, bolted to a 20-7 lead after the first quarter riding the red-hot shooting of Owen Wooliever who made all of his five shots including three 3-pointers. Reversing a lack of long-distance success for much of the season, HMB made a total of 6 treys for the game with Zeke Syme, Kai Guevara, and Brayden Campbell all making a 3-pointer. Following the hot start, the Cougars let the Colts back into the game finishing the 2nd quarter up 24-17.
After the halftime break, the Cougars fell back into their strength of great team defense to limit the Colts to 7 points in each of next two quarters, while scoring 28 second half points. In the 3rd, the strong defense led to several fast break layups or subsequent fouls. After a good first half of rebounding, Noah Hill and Nohea Sharp continued clearing the boards and Sharp also chipped in 4 points in the 3rd on a fast-break short jumper and layup to extend the Cougar lead. Cougar scoring was well distributed with Wooliever leading all scorers with 18 points along with 5 assists, and Syme hitting free throws and two buckets to total 9 points. Of note, nine different Cougars scored including scoring from Roman Nadeau, Campbell, Connor Quisog, Hill, Guevara, Sharp, and Luke Longaker.
The young Cougar Boys continue the PAL schedule Friday as part of the Quad at Terra Nova and go into the weekend among the top of their league with just one loss.
It is hard to take a lead into half time when your team commits 11 first half turnovers. And it is hard to come back when you follow this with a half shooting only 20% from the field. This was the reality for the Cougars as they faced the Rams in the finale of Saturday night's quad games at the high school. Despite this, HMB closed to within 1 point with 14 seconds left in the game on a Lukas Meighan trey. The Cougars then forced a turnover to give it the ball with 9 seconds remaining and an opportunity for the win. In the final possession, they had 3 shots, but as was the case for much of the night, none fell. Westmoor held on for the victory. HMB's next three games will be on the road beginning with Tuesday's 5:30 pm tip at El Camino.
The JV Cougars had to play overtime to settle things with Westmoor, and unfortunately came up a bit short, 36-30. The entire game had a frenetic feel with both squads playing hard. The 1st quarter started with a lot of action and back and forth but without a lot of made buckets ending with the HMB boys down 10-3.
After a Westmoor run in the 2nd quarter, Brayden Campbell hit a much needed 3 pointer, Noah Hill lured Westmoor into a charge, and Kris Reyes had a breakaway layup to switch the momentum toward HMB.Late in the 2nd, the Cougars fought back with strong team defense and good rebounding from Hill, Luke Longaker, and Owen Wooliever to close the gap at half down 16-12.
HMB fell back in the 3rd, but turned up the defensive effort in the 4th quarter limiting Westmoor to just 2 points. The Cougars got key scores down the stretch including a three from Zeke Syme and an equalizer to tie the game at 30-30 on a Wooliever floater out of a double team. Neither team could close it out in regulation (with Hill emphatically rejecting a late Westmoor attempt) and in overtime Westmoor made a banked 3 and HMB missed shots from the charity stripe to eventually fall short in the extra period.
Overall, the Cougars continued great team defense and had 7 scorers led by Reyes with 8 points. HMB carries a 2-1 record into its next game Tuesday at El Camino.
The Cougars were cold in the first three minutes of the contest missing their first 5 shots, but then it started raining three's and they won in convincing fashion. Michael Hourani and Sean Kennedy were high scorers. Michael added 9 on 4 of 6 with 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists. Sean Kennedy came off the bench to contribute 9 points on 4 of 7 from the field, adding 6 rebounds and 2 steals. The HMB defense held the Warriors to 29% shooting and had 9 steals. Conference play continues with a home game Saturday (currently 7:45pm at the high school) against Westmoor.
Junior Michael Hourani got the start in place of the injured Sorie Syme. He responded with 17 points, on 8 of 12 shooting, 2 assists and 3 rebounds in leading the Cougars over the Sharks. It was a night of opportunity, as 11 steals and 9 offensive rebounds by HMB led the team to a season high 70 field goal attempts (of which they converted 30). Also lighting up the stat line for the Cougars was Mykola Ediger who scored 12, adding 4 steals, 4 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 3 assists. The team has a back-to-back, hosting South City on Wednesday night at the high school with a 5:30 pm tip.
The Cougars played a rare game at the high school gym Saturday night, hosting PAL-South opponent Capuchino. HMB responded with a victory, extending their margin with every frame. The Mustangs were close until the five minute mark of the 4th quarter, trailing only 41-48 as they made 5 open three pointers in a short stretch. Cap's defensive strategy was to use a quick rotation of ten players and pressure/double team our guards high outside. When broken by the Cougars, the resultant 4 on 3's allowed Mykola Ediger in particular to make the Mustangs pay. He led all scorers with 25 on 12 of 19 shooting. Ben McKnight added 14, including three treys in the third quarter as Cap was making its run. Sorie Syme netted 10 on strong inside play. PAL-North action begins on Tuesday the 8th as the Cougars visit Oceana at 5:30 pm.
The Cougars got off to a brilliant start, executing strongly in the first half taking a 29-22 lead into the break. Carmel's JT Byrne was contained to 6 points on 2 of 5 shooting and HMB sizzled, making 12 of its first 22 shots committing only 3 turnovers in the half. This time, the field goal accuracy held up in the second half (11 for 22), but the defensive intensity fell off. The Cougars gave up thirty seven 2nd half shots to the Padres, many of which led to 2nd and 3rd chance baskets and committed ten 2nd half turnovers. Byrne responded with 16 second half points and finished with a game high 22 points on 9 of 16 shooting. He was complimented by Carmel's Joe Garella who made four treys and was 4 of 5 from the line in the 4th quarter to score 20. Leading the way for the Cougars was Mykola Ediger, whose stat line was 19 points on 7 of 15 from the field, 2 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 6 assists. Other Cougars in double digits were Ben McKnight with 14 and Sean Kennedy with 10. The Cougars are home again Saturday at Half Moon Bay High School with a tip off against Capuchino at 7:00pm.