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Cougars lose a close one at home


Clearwater Christian came out Tuesday night with a renewed energy and a mind set to put last Friday's game out of their memory. That objective was accomplished. The team played much better on both ends of the floor, and the result was forty minutes of exciting basketball. The halftime score had the Cougars down 6 which came as a result of sub-par shooting performance at 37%. The second half was a different story with the Cougars shooting at a 55% rate. However, the Wildcats from JWU shot even better including 53% from the three point line going 9-17. The Cougars faced a 13 point deficit with under two minutes to go, but fought hard with some big defensive stops and timely three's by Mike Key and Colin DeHate. The lead was cut to 3, but the Cougars could not close the gap any more and the final result was a 75-80 loss.

Four Cougars scored in double figures, led by Mike Key's 30, followed by Tristan Shore with 15, Colin DeHate with 11, and Devin Paularinne with 10. Shore was tops on the board with 11, Paularinne added 5 of his own with 4 on the offensive glass. Erik McRae was the assist leader with 8.

The Cougars will be back at home on Thursday for their first Region game of the year against Piedmont International University.