In a family clash between the Cocke’ brothers – Mike coaches Foss while older brother Doug is the new coach at Stadium – it was the Falcons who came out on top, using a pestering defense to take a 51-37 road win over the Tigers tonight.
Both teams struggled offensively to start, as it was just 4-4 after three minutes, but Jerricho Ballard hit a three-pointer to make it 7-4 with just under five minutes left. But the Tigers took their first lead on Bobby Moorehead’s rebound and put-back with 30 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Falcons took control in the second quarter, as Noah Hunthausen hit a three-pointer and Dezmyn Trent added a three-pointer plus a three-point play to make it 18-11 with just three minutes left. The Falcons took a 24-15 lead into halftime on John Moore’s layup that just beat the buzzer.
Foss kept up the defensive heat in the second half, forcing the Tigers into several mistakes while maintaining a comfortable cushion. Jawan Osby hit a three-pointer with just over two minutes left in the third to give the Falcons their largest lead to that point at 34-21, and the lead kept growing early in the fourth. After Trent’s emphatic dunk and another three-pointer by Hunthausen, the lead was insurmountable for Stadium, at 42-24 with just over five minutes left.
Trent led the Falcons with 13 points, while Osby had 10 points and Hunthausen added eight points. Glackin-Coley led the Tigers with 12 points and Jacob Bills added six points, while standout guard Eric Anderson-Connolly was held scoreless until he hit two free throws late in the fourth quarter.