With three Trans-Valley League games over the past couple of weeks, the youngest Cougar boys earned victories over Mountain House and Riverbank while falling to Ripon.
On Jan. 26, the young Cougars were at home to host Mountain House, the Mustangs coming in for the TVL meeting. The Cougars had a great first half and they led 30-15 at halftime. The third quarter saw the game get closer, but the Cougars still had the lead 45-38. The offense came alive again in the fourth quarter and defensive pressure secured the win, the host frosh boys putting a 59-41 final in the books.
Home again for a Tuesday, Feb. 2 game, the Cougars hosted Riverbank. The Cougars had previously lost to the Bruin freshmen and were looking to redeem themselves. It was a close game throughout, with the teams trading points, 12-12, in the first quarter. Neither team could stretch out much of a lead, though the young Cougars held a 48-43 third quarter advantage and closed out the game with a 58-54 victory.
Mike Carroll had 23 points on the night and Lucciano Dutra added 10 points of his own.
In their game on Friday night, Feb. 5, Ripon came to town to take on the freshmen. It was a tough, close loss for the frosh, trailing the visiting Indians 17-16 at halftime and ultimately losing by a 36-32 decision.
After Ripon took the one-point lead after two quarters, the game continued into the second half with low scoring. The Cougars went on a cold shooting streak and fell behind in the third quarter but battled back to tie the game. Ripon had just a couple more buckets in them and took the win.
For the Escalon squad, they will stay busy with games at home on Thursday, Feb. 11 and head to Hughson for a Friday, Feb. 12 match. They were scheduled to play at Ripon Christian on Tuesday, Feb. 9, after The Times went to press.
Their final game of the season will be at Mountain House on Tuesday, Feb. 16.