Ryan Redfern of the Cougars makes an aggressive play going after the ball against Duncan Christian School Thursday. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Ryan Redfern of the Cougars makes an aggressive play going after the ball against Duncan Christian School Thursday. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Cougars narrowly defeated by Duncan Christian School

The rapid improvement of the Chemainus Cougars nearly resulted in the junior boys basketball team’s first victory of the season last Thursday.

The Cougars were edged 47-45 in a nailbiter at Duncan Christian School.

“It was our best game of the season,” conceded Chemainus coach Casey Parsons.

The Cougars overcame a slow start after trailing 14-5 by the end of the first quarter to make a game of it. They sliced into the lead slightly in the second quarter and faced a 25-18 deficit at halftime, but enjoyed a 27-22 scoring advantage during the second half and fell just short.

“In the second (quarter), we started securing rebounds and went on a 6-0 run to end the half,” noted Parsons. “In the third, we continued to get some stops and played with a chip on our shoulder.”

Titus Kennedy converted several tough layups that helped Chemainus take a 38-37 lead going into the fourth quarter.

“The final quarter was a good old fashioned grind, seeing both teams get stops, and the game went back and forth until the very end,” Parsons indicated. “Unfortunately, we were unable to get a few shots to fall in the final possessions but both (assistant coach) Graeme (Arkell) and I were very proud of how hard the guys battled as a team.”

Kennedy led the way with 24 points in a tremendous effort, but many others made valuable contributions.

Jordan Allinott scored five points, Kai Kasting cooly went four-for-four from the free throw line in the second quarter by hitting nothing but net on all four shots and Cyler Wilson added a big three-pointer late in the game.

The Cougars will attempt to get into the win column for the first time again on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. at Chemainus Secondary School against Brentwood College.

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Arthur Smith works into an inside position under the basket before going up for a shot for the Cougars. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Arthur Smith works into an inside position under the basket before going up for a shot for the Cougars. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Drive to the hoop leads to two free throws for Chemainus’ Kai Kasting. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Drive to the hoop leads to two free throws for Chemainus’ Kai Kasting. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Koen De Wit maintains a low dribble and keeps his head up to make a pass for the Cougars against Duncan Christian School. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Koen De Wit maintains a low dribble and keeps his head up to make a pass for the Cougars against Duncan Christian School. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Cyler Wilson of the Cougars maintains his dribble against the Duncan Christian School defence. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Cyler Wilson of the Cougars maintains his dribble against the Duncan Christian School defence. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Titus Kennedy of the Cougars looks for space between two Duncan Christian School defenders. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Titus Kennedy of the Cougars looks for space between two Duncan Christian School defenders. (Photo by Don Bodger)

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