Saturday Dec 20 2008
Middle school boys basketball
Cowboys lasso perfection
By: Kurt Johnson, senior sports editor
Cavitt seventh-graders complete 13-0 season
An undefeated season in any sport is hard to come by as a combination of talent, hard work and usually a little bit of luck must come together to deliver impressive results. On Thursday, the Cavitt Junior High School seventh grade boys basketball team completed its unblemished run through the Foothill Intermediate School Athletic League schedule with a hard-fought 43-30 win over Cooley in the gym at Cavitt. The Cobras did not give in to Cavitt without a fight as they refused to melt under extensive full-court pressure defense, hanging around to keep the game competitive even after falling behind 12-4 after one period. While the Cowboys would periodically take leads even into double digits, Cooley did a nice job of grabbing rebounds and hitting enough shots to keep Cavitt nerves on edge. Paul Wilson’s Cavitt squad used a balanced scoring attack to win this one, finally pulling away to take a 13-point victory. Jack Dockham led the way with 12 points and Conor Ingersoll added eleven. Ingersoll spent a lot of time in the passing lanes, turning his numerous thefts into Cowboy scoring opportunities. Grant Powers scored seven points and Johnny Pellerin six to aid in the completion of a 13-0 season for the FISAL champions. Dylan Vankopp was strong in the paint for Cooley with nine points and Namani Parker added six. The run to perfection was filled with tight games, with most of the margins at less than 10 points. Point guard Matt Coyle played a key role for the Cowboys all year long. “He is definitely a coach on the court,” Wilson said The coach also had high praise for a number of other players. “Johnny Pellerin is an athletic guard who can shoot from the outside, but he gets most of his scoring off of steals with quick hands,” Wilson added. “Jack Dockham is a forward who plays really good defense and rebounds well. K.C. Lindlehof, our center, rebounds really well and is a defensive stopper with his blocked shots.” Pellerin was the leading scorer for the season, with just over 10 points per game.