CCA boys fall to Brethren 67-61 in home opener

Britton Angell (24) paced the Cougars with 38 points and 18 rebounds. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — Crossroads Charter Academy led Brethren 30-28 at halftime Tuesday night, but the Bobcats outscored the Cougars 39-31 in the second half to win 67-61.

The Cougars were without two of their starters in Roy Holsworth (injury) and Cody Carlson (illness).

“I know we lost, but they gave it everything they had,” head coach Jason Kostecki said. “They battled back. We just need to figure out the mental errors.”

Britton Angell led all scorers with 38 points while adding 18 rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Jackson Wickes had eight points seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

Junior Ethan Davis got things started for the Cougars, scoring 10 of his 15 points in the first quarter to lift his team to a 15-14 lead after one.

“We’ve been waiting for Ethan to kind of break out and do that,” Kostecki said. “We know that he can get to the basket and attack the baseline. If we can continue to do that with him I think we’re gonna have some success with him this year.”

“We had two starters down and we needed to guys to step up,” Davis said. “So I felt like I had to try to step up the way coach wanted.”

The combination of Angell and Davis gave Brethren fits throughout the game. Angell was able to break down the defense and get to the basket time and time again.

“He’s a kid that doesn’t like to lose,” Kostecki said. “He’s got a target on his back already as a player that everyone wants to stop. But we have four, five, or six guys that are pretty good basketball players.

“Sometimes you get caught up watching Britton, but if we can get those guys on the same page with Britton, we can be pretty good.”

Rebounding and unforced errors fueled a Brethren run in the second half. The Bobcats led by as many as eight. An Angell 3-pointer cut the Bobcats’ lead down to four with less than a minute to go, but the Cougars weren’t able to pull out the win.

The Cougars fall to 1-3 on the season but remain optimistic regarding the remainder of the season.

“Even though we were down to guys, it gave us the chance to see two of the other guys on our bench. Moving forward, once we get healthy and get our bench some good minutes, I think we’ll be a team that’s tough to beat.”

“We just need to listen to coach better during timeouts and halftime,” Davis said. “Our mental mistakes are killing us. Once we figure out what we need to do mentally and figure out the smart passes to make, I think we’ll have a good season.”

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