The Cougar boys’ basketball team lost to North Stokes on December 8, 81-60.
The Cougars began the game slowly, falling behind 6-0, but came roaring back. With their defense causing turnovers, Patrick County finished the quarter on a 20-10 run, taking a 20-16 lead into the second quarter.
Mid way through the second, the game was still tight, with the teams tied at 27. Unlike the first quarter, it was the Vikings of North Stokes who finished with a run, closing the half on a 13-3 run for the 40-30 halftime lead.
For the Cougars, the last several minutes of the half saw them getting good looks at the basket, but unable to get the ball to drop. The Vikings strung together points, including several 3-pointers to extend their lead to ten.
In the third quarter, the Vikings got hot early, extending their lead to 15 in the first minute and a half of the second half. The Cougars held tough for the first part of the quarter, but in the last four minutes of the third, went cold offensively, falling behind by 22 at the end of the third.
The Cougars played tough in the final quarter but couldn’t string together enough points to make a dent in the Viking lead, falling 81-60.
On the night, Tyler Marshall led the Cougars with 13 points, 2 assists and 4 rebounds. Noah Jessup had 8 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds and Cameron Collins chipped in 8 points and 3 rebounds.