Cougars show some teeth as they win Thanksgiving Invitational Tournament

CHESTERTOWN - While some were anticipating an uncertain season for the Cougars, the North Warren Varsity Boys Basketball team made a statement this weekend as they beat both Minerva-Newcomb and Johnsburg Central to capture the title in their own Thanksgiving Invitational Tournament.

Friday, the Cougars beat Minerva Newcomb 50-23, then defeated Johnsburg 39-28 Saturday in the championship game. Johnsburg had beaten Elizabethtown 41-37 on Friday.

Bryan Beckler was a standout in these season openers, as he was high scorer with 11 points on Friday, then in the Championship game, stole the ball as many as five times, grabbed 6 offensive rebounds, and sunk four baskets, coach Jason Humiston said.

"Bryan Beckler stepped up - he was active all over the court," Humiston said, noting he would be encouraging the Junior Forward to shoot more. "Bryan had a real decent game."

Senior Guard Jeff Bennett had hot hands Saturday, putting the game out of reach for Johnsburg by hitting four three-point baskets and earning the status of top scorer.

The Cougars were victorious despite allowing 22 turnovers, Humiston said.

"If we commit this many turnovers in our league games, we'd be in real trouble," he said.

Both Beckler and Benn Frasier were credited with 10 rebounds and 8 points each in the Johnsburg game. Kristian Seeley scored 7 points, and Joe Aiken followed with 4.

Against Minerva-Newcomb, following Beckler in scoring was Seeley with 10 points, Joe Aiken with 9. Benn Frasier with 8 and Jeff Bennett with 6. Both Seeley and Aiken hit one three-point shot each.

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