Cowboys comeback falls short in Classic title game
Litchfield's Tripp Melk drives to the basket in a loss to Oxford in the Cowboy Classic championship game on Saturday. John McKenna photos
Had it not been for a haphazard third quarter, Litchfield High's boys basketball team and not Oxford's might have been clutching the Cowboy Classic tournament championship trophy on Saturday.
The Cowboys were outscored 21-12 in the third quarter to fall behind 46-33 and although they rallied with 25 points in the fourth quarter, Oxford held on for a 63-58 win.
"We worked really hard to make it a game, but in the end we didn't make enough shots even though we ran our offense well," Litchfield coach Dan Goscinski said. "The defensive intensity we showed in getting back in the game was phenomenal."
The effort in the first three quarters, Goscinski said, wasn't up to snuff. The final quarter, however, gives the coach hope that good things lie ahead for the Cowboys (2-3) in 2019.
"The way we kept fighting makes me excited about the new year," Goscinski said.
Tom Brady, Tripp Melk and Jared Guilmart each had 15 points in the loss for the Cowboys. Guilmart was named to the all-tournament team. In the consolation game, Woodland defeated Thomaston, 67-54.
Tom Brady spots up for a jumper for the Cowboys.
Luke Parsons shoots from the baseline.
Jared Guilmart rises over the defense on a shot.
Luke Parsons heads over mid court after making a steal.