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Cougars give state's top team everything, but fall short to Potsdam

PLATTSBURGH -As Rob Armstrong raised up to launch a three-pointer in the third quarter, you could have heard a pin drop.

When it went down, you could not have heard a jet engine.

With the three, the Northeastern Clinton Cougars took their first lead of the game against Potsdam, the top-ranked, undefeated team in the Class B regional championships March 12.

The Cougars finished the third on a 14-3 run and with a 32-26 lead, but it was the Sandstoners who used a 15-5 fourth quarter to advance to the final four with a 41-37 win.

"I couldn't be more proud of them," Cougars coach Robb Garrand said after the game. "We responded to the challenge of playing the top-ranked team in the state very well. I think that we got going a little to fast at times and I think we were tired on the defensive end at the end."

The 'Stoners scored five of their 15 fourth quarter points on second chance shots, helping to prove Garrand's point.

"The most disappointing thing was playing defense for the whole shot clock, then missing and then getting the second chance and the basket," Garrand said. "We were much better with our rebounding in the game, but it was the key rebounds late that we couldn't get that made the difference."

Logan Miller kept the Cougars in the game early, scoring 10 of his 13 points in the first half. He also had four rebounds.

Jamie Davison scored eight of his teams 14 points in the third quarter, including a pair of long three-pointers. Davison finished with eight points to go with three rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

Steven Carder scored 10 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked one shot, while Rob Armstrong scored five points to go with three rebounds, one assist and two steals.

Tom Bedard scored one point to go with four rebounds and an assist.

"You can't forget what we have accomplished," said Garrand. "This has been a great season and last Saturday, we were the team left smiling after playing Plattsburgh. Tonight, it was the other way around."

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