The Cougars were outscored 46-29 in the second half of Friday’s Wild West Shootout semifinal against host Bishop Manogue and wore their first loss of the season, 83-67.
The Miners improved to 3-0 and advanced to Saturday’s title game.
One night after scoring 30 in a quarterfinal win over St. Mary’s, Marcus Loadholt went for 29 on 8-of-14 shooting. Jalen Townsell was the only other Coug to reach double figures, finishing with 18 points on 4-of-7 shooting from behind the arc.
First-team all-league forward Josh Prizina missed his second straight game with a rolled ankle.
Justus Eaglesmith hit 3-of-5 shots from deep to finish with nine points.
The Cougars (2-1, 1-0) end the Wild West Shootout at Manogue on Saturday against Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.) in the third-fourth place game. Tip is at 1:30 p.m.
Reed falls 56-66 to Idaho squad in Elko
The Raiders had just seven active players on their roster for Friday’s contest against Meridian (Meridian, Idaho) in Elko at the Red Lion Memorial Tournament.
As a result, they dropped their second straight, 66-56.
Several Reed’s players did not make the trip across the state for SAT testing, sickness and/or personal matters.
The Raiders (1-2, 1-0) conclude the non-league tournament on Saturday.
Railroaders remain winless
Sparks dropped to 0-3 on Friday with a 75-46 home loss to Vacaville (Vacaville, Calif.) in the annual Rail City Classic.
The Railroaders (0-3, 0-0) finish the tournament on Saturday.
Cougars drop another tight one
One night after falling by four, the Spanish Springs suffered another close defeat, 50-45, at home on Friday night against Lowry in the High Sierra Winter Challenge.
The Cougars dropped to 1-2, 1-0. The Buckaroos of the 3A North improved to 3-0.
Anehlica Shanrock led Spanish Springs with 17 points in the loss.
The Cougs play two on Saturday against Fallon and Elko to put a bow on the non-league tournament.