The Cougars played from behind much of the night, spotting the host Cardinals 5 points in the first quarter (by allowing Lowell 7 offensive rebounds in the frame). They closed to even a handful of times, though the Cardinals broke away strongly at the end of the third quarter and throughout the fourth. Weak perimeter shooting (3 of 20) and a nightmarish 8 of 17 from the charity stripe more than offset strong 2 point attempt shooting (64%), the return of Sorie Syme from concussion protocol and strong defensive pressure and a momentum shifting three from Mario Campbell. Mykola Ediger led the Cougars with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Rishi Raghavan led the Cardinals with 20 points on 8 for 12 shooting. HMB will play Jefferson in the 3rd place game at 5pm Saturday.