CCA snaps seven-game skid with 70-46 win over Mason County Eastern

CCA’s Britton Angell (24) leads a fast break during Thursday’s game against Mason County Eastern at CCA. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — Entering Thursday’s game against Mason County Eastern, the Crossroads Charter Academy boys basketball team was in the midst of a seven-game losing streak after a 1-0 start to their season.

That losing streak was snapped Thursday night after the Cougars defeated the Cardinals 70-46 at home. 

“It feels so much better,” CCA junior Cody Carlson said. “We’ve been learning so much from our losses. Earning this win was a great feeling.”

Britton Angell led all scorers with 21 points and added 16 rebounds, five assists, and five steals. and Ethan Davis scored 18 points, while Jackson Wickes added 13 points, nine rebounds, and four steals and Cody Carlson added 11 points and five rebounds.

“I thought Ethan Davis played phenomenally,” head coach Jason Kostecki said. “We’ve been looking for that out of him for awhile. When our guys have games like this, we’re tough to beat.”

The Cougars got off to a quick start offensively. Angell intercepted a MCE pass and drove to the basket where he connected with Wickes for an alley-oop layup to take a 17-11 lead.

The Cougars entered the second quarter up 20-16 and continued to increase their lead. A Carlson 3-pointer gave the Cougars a 25-16 lead midway through the second quarter and CCA led by as many as 11 before ending the first half up 32-23.

CCA started the second half with a Davis 3-pointer that would put the Cougars up double-digits for good. A Wickes catch-and-shoot 3-pointer gave the Cougars a 39-23 lead and another Wickes 3-pointer a few moments later to go up 48-28. A Davis 3-pointer at the end of the 3rd quarter set the Cougars up with a 60-32 lead entering the fourth quarter.

“We were moving the ball well and were finding the open man,” Carlson said. “Everything was working for us.”

The Cougars would lead by as many as 31 in the fourth before the starters were pulled around the five-minute mark.

CCA (2-7, 1-5) look to build on this win next week. The Cougars play three games next week, starting with an away contest against Evart at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

“It should be a good, competitive week,” Kostecki said. “Those are three games we can win. However, if we don’t play like we did in the second half, it could be a long week again.”

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