CLARK — The Carl H. Kumpf Cougars boys basketball team continues to have an impressive season under first year Coach Caleb Bain. The Cougars have won three of their last four and six of their last seven games, for a record of 7-5. With three games left in the season, Kumpf will have to win them all to reach their goal of 10 victories.
The Cougars won a 67-49 victory over Berkeley Heights in which Jonathan Sot and Brendan Stanzione each scored 13 points to lead the way. Nine different players contributed in the scoring efforts for the Cougars. The following game, the Cougars fell to Cranford in a hard-fought 57-47 battle with George Visconti scoring 20 points with 8 rebounds.
It looked as if the season may end the way it started, especially with Linden to follow the very next game. Just before halftime, the Cougars trailed 32-30 with five seconds left on the clock. Brendan Stanzione dribbled the length of the court to drain a last second three to take a 33-32 lead into halftime. That was all it took for the Cougars to get the spark they needed. After halftime the Cougars outscored the Linden Tigers 15-7 in the third and 13-5 in the fourth to lead to a 60-43 victory over the Tigers. George Visconti led the team to victory despite only playing three quarters due to an ankle injury. Visconti scored 19 points, Sot 13 points, Thornton 16 points and Stanzione 12 points.
On Valentines Day, the Cougars held nothing back against the Kenilworth Bruins in a 78-44 victory. Brendan Stanzione recorded 27 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks in the win and another 9 players scored to lead the Cougars to victory.
The Cougars finish up with Garwood and Springfield next week.