TENAFLY – If seeing is believing, then you would have to believe the Cresskill Cougars have a legitimate shot at winning the Bergen County Jamboree.
But you don’t have to tell them that, they already believe it.
From great coaching to great ball handling, and everything in between, the underdog Cougars had it all in defeating Hackensack, 65-52 Sunday, Feb. 8, to advance to the quarterfinal round.
‘A FOOTBALL GAME’
Statistics aside, one can only measure the heart of a team by watching them play. In a game that often resembled a rugby match, the Cougars could not be matched in either their toughness or athleticism.
“It resembled a football game,” said Hackensack coach Aaron Taylor. “I’m ok with that; we just couldn’t match up to it.”
Setting the tone early for the Cougars was senior forward A.J. Gentile, whose great defense led to a couple of steals. He seemed to be involved in every scrum, and fought like a prize fighter under the glass.