STROMSBURG – There was really never much doubt. The Cross County Cougars' second win of the season was in the books early on Tuesday night.
The Cougars hosted the East Butler Tigers who were looking for their third win. But on a night when the Cougars closed out their home season the Cross County would not be denied as they led big early, played a lot of kids and still won handily by the final score of 65-34.
East Butler’s biggest issue was trying to contain Cross County senior Ross Eller who destroyed the Tigers in the first half with 18 points, many coming on second and third tries. The senior in his final home appearance scored a game high 32 points.
East Butler’s lack of height made life difficult in the paint for the Tigers as they could not get much going offensively. The Tigers struggled from the field as they only hit 3-19 in the firs half. Meanwhile the Cougars were chugging away at 13-29 while building an insurmountable lead.
Turnovers did not play a big part in the game as neither team applied much pressure.
The Cougars out-scored the Tigers in the third 13-12 to open the margin to 48-21, then played out the final eight minutes as the Cougars won by 31.
East Butler was led in scoring by Jordan June with eight, Colby Kubik chipped in with six, while four players ended the night with four points.
The Tigers were 12-43 from the floor and 2-11 on 3-point attempts, both of those coming from leading scorer June. In free throw shooting the Tigers were charted with 8-16.
Other than Eller’s 32, Caleb Tweeten, another senior in his final home game, added 11. Travis Eller and Turner Bowman chipped in with nine apiece.
Cross County was 25-55 from the floor which included 2-10 from the 3-point arc. They cashed in on 13-18 free throw chances.
The Cougars (2-17) will be at Exeter-Milligan on Friday night, then close the regular season at Friend next week.
East Butler (2-18) 7 2 12 13- 34
Cross County (2-17) 19 16 13 17- 65
EB (34) – J. June 8, C. Kubik 6, C. Wade 4, A, Sousek 2, D, Benes 4, D. Rezac 2, K. Hummel 4, Z, Strauss 4.
CC (65) – R. Eller 32, T. Eller 9, T. Bowman 9, J. Wright 4, C. Tweeten 11.