On Dec. 30, the Coginchaug boys hosted the undefeated White Knights from Westbrook, and while they gave the Knights a tough game, they ultimately fell short, 39-36.
The Devils got off to a great start, jumping ahead 10-1, and leading 10-3 with one quarter in the books.
In the second period, a Cam Powers bucket made the score 17-5, but Westbrook reeled the Devils back in with a 6-0 run.
Coginchaug got back-to-back baskets from Alex Markoski and Devin Rodrigue, but Westbrook finished with two three-pointers in the last 80 seconds, one being a rare four-point play as time expired in the half, leaving the Devils ahead 21-18.
The third period saw the Knights start with two straight baskets to surge ahead, but a free throw from Markoski and a bucket from Rodrigue again put Coginchaug on top. Baskets from Rodrigue and Zach Terrill wrapped around two Knight free throws put Coginchaug ahead 28-24, but the Knights hit two more from the charity stripe, and finished the period with an old-fashioned three-point play to make it 29-28 Westbrook.
A Terrill three tied the game one final time at 31-31 two minutes into the final period, and the Devils got as close as one point, 37-36, on a Powers trey with 30 seconds remaining. But Westbrook hit both ends of a one and one for a three-point lead.
Rodrigue scored 12 points, grabbed nine rebounds, blocked two shots and assisted twice. Powers scored nine points, grabbed six rebounds and four steals, and assisted five times. Terrill scored eight points, and Markoski five. Jack Granger had two points and two rebounds, while Conor Doyle pulled down five boards to go along with two steals and two assists.
Coginchaug lost the game at the charity stripe. The Knights converted on 14 of their 17 attempts, while Coginchaug connected on just one of two from the line.
On Jan. 9, after several weather-related postponements, Coginchaug hosted the 5-1 Panthers from Cromwell.
After getting an early 5-3 lead, all thanks to Powers buckets, Cromwell jumped ahead at 11-5 after one period, and maintained the six-point edge at halftime, 19-13.
Three treys, plus a separate 7-1 run by the Panthers pushed the lead to 37-24 entering the final period, as they coasted to a 49-37 victory.
Rodrigue and Terrill shared scoring honors with 10 points apiece. Rodrigue added eight rebounds, three blocks and two assists, and Terrill adding two boards. Doyle scored seven points, grabbed five rebounds and assisted twice. Powers scored five points and picked up two rebounds. Granger had four points and four steals, and Markoski had two points and two rebounds.
Coginchaug is 2-3 overall, and 1-3 in Shoreline Conference play.
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