The younger sibling has bragging rights once again. For the second straight year, Foss head coach Mike Cocke’ got the better of his older brother – Stadium head coach Doug Cocke’ – as the Falcons hung on for a 47-43 win over the Tigers in an early nonleague test on Dec. 6.
“For us, it’s fun because we have such a close relationship,” Mike Cocke’ said. “We really talk about our problems, our good things and bad things with our teams.”
Clinging to a two-point lead with less than four minutes to go, Foss senior guard Ar’Mond Davis collected back-to-back steals – feeding Sam Dabalos-McMahon for a layup and following with a coast-to-coast layup – to help the Falcons take a 43-37 lead. The Falcons maintained at least a four-point lead the rest of the way, and Davis finished with a team-high 14 points.
“For 32 minutes it’s all-out war,” said Doug Cocke’ of the matchup against his brother. “I really wanted to win it, but mostly for (my team) to improve. It was a fun game. There was a lot of family here.”
Davis gave the Falcons their first lead at 9-7 with a layup late in the first quarter, and later drained a three-pointer to extend it to 17-11 early in the second quarter. But Stadium clawed back to within 23-21 at the break, as forwards Malik Mayeux and Lucious Brown had four points each during the stretch. Mayeux finished with a team-high 16 points for Stadium, going 10-for-11 from the free-throw line, while Brown finished 6-for-9 from the field and tallied 15 points. The duo also finished with nine and eight rebounds, respectively.
“We’re trying to establish the inside game with those two,” Doug Cocke’ said.
Mayeux regained a 31-29 lead for the Tigers midway through the third with two free throws, but Dabalos-McMahon – who was 5-for-7 from the field for 12 points – answered with a three-pointer, setting off a stretch of lead changes.
Mayeux gave the Tigers their final lead, at 35-34, with two free throws with 6:36 left. Davis immediately answered with a jumper, and gained control for the Falcons for good with his back-to-back steals three minutes later.
“I thought the defense the first 25 minutes wasn’t very good, and I think the last five or six minutes we got some key stops,” Mike Cocke’ said.
Olashawan Miller added seven points for the Falcons, while teammates Chris Reynolds and Simon McCann had four points apiece. Bobby Moorehead tallied six points and Mark Gandlesi added four points for Stadium.