CCHS boys struggle in tourney playPublished 8:02am Wednesday, January 2, 2013
By Ed Bailey
The Central-Coosa High School Cougars, without star guard Xavier Moon due to turf toe, dropped two games at Dadeville’s after-Christmas weekend basketball tournament, losing to the Blue Devils of Notasulga High School and the Bulldogs of LaFayette High School in blowouts, falling to 7-7 on the year.
CCHS lost to LaFayette High School 46-10 and fell to the Notasulga Blue Devils by a score of 57-20.
TyJustin Gaddis led the Cougars with five points in the game against LHS.
“Without Xavier Moon out there, we saw what happened,” Central-Coosa boys head basketball coach Joe Belyeu said following the loss to LaFayette.
The Cougars’ offense was rendered virtually nonexistent as the lack of their senior guard and LaFayette’s defense was too much for Central-Coosa. The Cougars did not score a single point in the second quarter while the Bulldogs headed into the half up 21-8.
The third was much of the same as CCHS didn’t score until 40 seconds left in the period. LaFayette continued to methodically pour it on in the third and fourth, as Central-Coosa would not score in the final period.
The Cougars’ offensive struggles continued against Notasulga.
CCHS found itself in a 19-4 hole at the end of one and two quick turnovers led to easy baskets by the Blue Devils to open the second quarter.
Notasulga then used full-court pressure to further frustrate the Cougars. David McKinney would hit two free throws to answer NHS’ second-quarter start but Notasulga responded with an 8-0 run, as part of a 18-point second period.
NHS ended the third quarter up 53-17 before both teams brought in the backups to play out the fourth. Quintavius Robbins led the Cougars with nine points. Javaris Whetstone added six points and five boards.
Belyeu said that the absence of Moon is not something the team could afford for the long term, adding that the injury has been a season-long ailment.
“He’s (Moon) had it since the second day of practice,” Belyeu said. “We tried to rest him so he could play on it later in the season, but it’s not going to get any better. He’s going to have to play through it.”
Belyeu said he expects Moon’s presence to lift the rest of the team’s spirit as they head into 2013.
“We need him out there on the floor,” Belyeu said. “With him on the floor there’s not as much pressure on the rest of the team so hopefully they’ll respond better when he returns.”
According to Belyeu, Moon will be cleared to play by the Cougars’ next game, when they take on B.B. Comer on Jan. 4.