Angell, Cougars aim to learn from hoops season

Britton Angell (24) emerged as CCA’s go-to player this season. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — The 2017-18 basketball season didn’t quite play out the way junior Britton Angell and his Crossroads Charter Academy teammates had in mind.

The Cougars finished the season with a 7-15 record following a 59-44 loss to Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart in the Class D district title game on Friday.

“Over the whole season, we didn’t win as many games as we wanted to,” Angell said. “But from all of the losses, we were able to learn how to get better and learned what we need to do in order to get better.”

The season presented new challenges for Angell, who assumed leadership duties following the graduation of Tait Wickes the previous season.

“He was a good leader and mentor towards me,” Angell said of Wickes. “He kind of set an example of what I need to do in order to reach that point and the work ethic it takes to get there. It was nice to have that leadership and that example to follow.

“This season really helped me become a better leader because to be a good leader you gotta win to lose and be able to keep your team mentally in the game for each and every game. I feel like that really helped me become a better person and leader.”

Angell led the team in points, rebounds, and assists this season on his way to eclipsing the 1,000-point barrier for his career in a 66-55 loss to Vestaburg on Feb. 21. Angell also scored a school-record 53 points in a 93-84 loss to Walkerville on Dec. 7.

“He’s a hard worker,” head coach Jason Kostecki said. “Not just in the regular season but in the offseason. He’s been carrying the team in almost every aspect of the game.”

The Cougars graduate two seniors in Roy and Matthew Holsworth. CCA returns a core group of juniors in Angell, Davis, Carlson, and Wickes.

“The seniors laid the foundation for next year,” Kostecki said. “The future is bright; we have some good returners coming back. We have to get in the weight room and work this summer. But we have a lot of hope.”

“Everyone’s basically coming back,” Angell said. “We’re going to be in the weight room a lot over the summer and doing ladders in order to become quicker, faster, and stronger. We look to come out and dominate next year.”

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