LAUGHLIN — “Ditto” is what Laughlin High School head boys basketball coach Gary Reese said after the Cougars’ 53-22 loss to Adelson.
Missed opportunities for the Cougars continued, making this their fifth straight loss since playing GV Christian on Jan. 9.
They are now 4-11 overall and 1-10 in 2A Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Southern League.
“We missed 12 lay-ins and six free throws,” Reese said. “If we make those, it puts us in the game.”
That’s a total of 30 points in missed opportunities. If all of those shots were to fall, it puts Laughlin within one of Adelson.
Things started out slow for
After the first quarter, the Cougars were down 8-4.
However, in the second, Adelson pulled away big, dropping 20 points to Laughlin’s three.
Ball movement, capitalizing on turnovers and pressing helped Adelson generate a 28-7 lead at the half.
Senior Ore Inbar contributed nine of the 20 points in the second quarter alone.
He would end up with 21 on the night, leading both sides in scoring and nearly outscoring the Cougars by himself.
No points went on the board for either team in the first three minutes of the third quarter.
Laughlin was playing a tougher defense, holding out Adelson, but couldn’t capitalize to close the gap.
With 4:22 left in the third, Inbar ended the drought for both sides with a three-pointer. Adelson would score 17 from there on while limiting the cold-shooting Cougars to four points.
After three, it was 45-11. The only thing to be decided was the final score.
“I’ve never been in this situation before, it’s hard,” Reese said. “Hopefully I can keep everyone coming to practice until the season folds up on Feb. 8.”
Junior guard Diego Trujillo had seven points and senior guard Josh Furr ended with six.
Laughlin committed nine fouls compared to Adelson’s 11.
Up next the Cougars play a conference game on the road against Mountain View Christian, a team they defeated 54-29 previously this season.