On Monday, January 7th, the Coginchaug boys travelled to Killingworth, and never challenged the home-standing Cougars as H-K cruised to a 56-43 win. H-K jumped out to a 15-4 lead after one period, and the Devils never did get the deficit below eight points.
Mike Bongiorno led Coginchaug with 15 points, with Devin Rodrigue adding ten, and Jackson Doyle nine. Devin also led the Devils in rebounding with eleven, with Alex Kotrady adding six boards.
vs. Old Lyme
On Thursday, January 10th, the Devils hosted the Wildcats of Old Lyme, in a thoroughly exciting and well-played game.
In terms of great offensive basketball, the first period was the highlight. Coginchaug scored 20 points on nine of twelve shooting, assisting on all nine buckets, including two three’s, one each by Mike Bongiorno and Jack Granger. Alex Kotrady was four for four from the field for eight points, while Bongiorno was three for three for seven. Old Lyme was hot from beyond the arc, hitting four long shots to stay close, at 20-17.
The scoring pace slowed substantially in the second period, but two long balls from Jackson Doyle, along with six rebounds from both Doyle and Kotrady in the period, propelled the Devils to a 34-27 lead at the half.
The third period was a dramatic slowdown for both teams, but particularly for Coginchaug, as they could manage only early and late baskets from Rodrigue, plus a single Kotrady free throw, while the visitors dropped in twelve points to even the score at 39 all.
Bongiorno started the last period with a three, then two from the stripe to put the Devils up five. Jeff Grumm answered an Old Lyme basket, but the Wildcats dropped in a rebound put-back and with two minutes remaining, hit two charity tries to draw within one at 46-45. Conor Doyle hit a bucket to again put Coginchaug up by three, but in the final minute, Old Lyme connected from beyond the arc to tie the score at 48 all. Both teams had additional chances, but neither could connect, sending the game to overtime.
The overtime started badly for the Devils, as Old Lyme took the opening tip and knocked down a three-pointer. A Doyle free throw, then a Rodrigue basket again tied the score, but two turnovers and three misses from the field in the final 90 seconds were too much to overcome, as Old Lyme took the 58-52 overtime win.
Mike Bongiorno and Devin Rodrigue led the team with thirteen points, with Alex Kotrady scoring ten. Kotrady and Rodrigue each had ten rebounds, with Jackson Doyle adding nine rebounds, and Jack Granger grabbing seven.
Coginchaug lost to Morgan 61-50 Tuesday night. Game recap to follow.
Coginchaug is now 3-6, all in the Shoreline Conference. The Blue Devils travel to Portland on Friday.