Cougars 8-5 after losing last three games

Nate Mulberg ('10)/Eastside Sports Editor

The Boy’s Varsity Basketball Team’s current slide continued today as they were defeated by Lenape High School, 58-44, in an Olympic Conference inter-division game. The game was close early, with the first quarter ending in a 9-9 tie, but then the wheels fell off for the Cougars as Lenape went on a 17-6 run in the 2nd quarter, and went into halftime up 11. After the third quarter, the Cougars were down 16, a deficit that was far too difficult to overcome in the fourth quarter.

East had a difficult time shooting and taking care of the rock as they shot 12/41 (29%) from the field and 4/25 (16%) from the three point line. They also had 22 turnovers.

Chris Santo (’11) led all scorers in the game with 14 points, while pulling down 6 rebounds. Santo is one of the top offensive players in all of South Jersey, and currently averages 22.1 points per game. Stacey Upshaw (’11) had an impressive game with an almost double-double. Upshaw had 9 rebounds while shooting 4/4 from the field and scoring 11 points. Logan Marro (’09) had 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.

On a brighter note, the team shot very well from the free throw line, going 16/19 (84%).

After an 8-2 start to the season, the Cougars have lost their last three games, including four of their last five. They currently have a record of 8-5, and already have clinched a spot in the state playoffs. But a losing spree like this surely is not favorably to the confidence of the team. The team still has 14 games left to pick