Spanish Springs boys basketball coach Kyle Penney said he wasn’t sure what he got his team into when he scheduled Moreau Catholic.
The private school located outside of Oakland is ranked No. 21 in the nation.
What he got his team into, was a potential confidence boost after two tough DI North losses to Bishop Manogue and Carson on Tuesday and Thursday respectively.
The Cougars (3-4) played arguably their best game of the season, and even led the nationally ranked Mariners 43-41 at the break, before falling 86-71 at home on Friday night.
The game was decided in the third quarter. Moreau outscored Spanish Springs 24-10 to turn a two-point deficit into a game-deciding 65-53 advantage.
Four different Cougs finished in double figures. Marcus Loadholt dumped in 20, Josh Prizina and Jalen Townsell both chipped in 17 and Ryan Anderson contributed 13.
The Mariners are led by Damari Milstead and Oscar Frayer. Both are Div. I prospects and drawing heavy interest from numerous schools, including Nevada. Frayer originally committed to Cal but has re-opened is commitment.
Milstead led all scorers with 28 and Frayer went for 22. Terrell Brown, the third of a triple threat, finished with 26.
The Cougs will now have nearly a week off before jumping back into DI North play when they will try to halt a three-game skid next Friday at Damonte Ranch.