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March 5, 2013 > Cougars continue to dominate

Cougars continue to dominate

Submitted By Mike heightchew

On Friday night, May 1, sparkling Cougar play clearly demonstrated why they are the best team in their division. Newark Memorial's Cougars, using a stifling defense, dismantled the Dublin Gaels to claim the North Coast Section Division II title, 74-60.

Number one ranked, the Cougars defense dominated the well-regarded, high-powered Gaels offense which previously had not scored less that 85 points in any other playoff game. Dublin started on a good note as they scored first four points of the game but then things quickly fell apart when the Cougar defense stepped in forcing several turnovers - the ton was set for the rest of the night. Newark started using its great team speed and a defense that never let up all night, refusing to give the Gaels any second shot opportunities.

Along with a powerful offensive attack by Joey Frenchwood, Jo Jo Zamora and Chandler Rockwell, the Gaels were knocked off balance without an effective counterpunch. Joey Frenchwood had the hot shooting hand for Newark with 21 points. He had help from Chandler Rockwell who found great open lines to drive the ball to the hoop, resulting in16 points and Jo Jo Zamora was unstoppable from the outside as he racked up 13 points of his own.

Dublin did start a run of its own three minutes into the second quarter when Devin Koeplin went in for nice layup. Hard contact under the basket resulted in a foul shot and he found the net in a free throw to give the Gaels a 20-18 lead. But the Newark offense went back to work and the Cougars scored six straight to points regain the lead. Another well-timed 8-0 Cougar run closed the half.

The Gaels made one last push to close within three points, 36-33, with two minutes left in the third quarter, but again, Newark's defense stepped in and led the way to the title as the Cougars fought back and took control of the game with dogged determination. Back in control, the Cougars used the outlet pass to run the court for a 12-0 streak to finish the game with a final score, 74 to 60.

Newark Memorial 23-7 (ranked #7 - North Host) will travel to Archbishop Mitty High School 26-4 (ranked #2 - North Host) of San Jose for the first round of California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Regional playoffs March 8th.

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