Posted by Max Harden on March 12th, 2019
BIG RAPIDS — If you were looking for the Crossroads Charter Academy boys basketball team Monday afternoon, you’d find them hard at work preparing for Tuesday’s Division 4 state quarterfinal matchup against Frankfort (19-5).
The Cougars earned a hard-fought 49-44 win over Fulton on Thursday to reach the quarterfinal which takes place at 7 p.m. at Cadillac High School.
“It’s been pretty exciting coming off our big win on Thursday,” senior captain Britton Angell said. “We stayed focused and came into practice today ready to work. We’re ready to keep fighting.”
The Cougars have won 21 consecutive games since taking a 66-56 loss to Manistee Catholic Central on December 5. The team’s success stems from its work ethic and attention to detail on both sides of the ball and strong leadership from its quadrant of senior starters: Britton Angell, Jackson Wickes, Ethan Davis, and Cody Carlson.
“Our mindset is the same as the start of the season,” senior Ethan Davis said. “We saw ourselves winning the championship and we see it now. We need to take things one game at a time and do what we have to do to win it.”
“We kinda saw this season as a revenge season. It’s a lot of our guys’ senior year and we want to go out with a bang.”
The Panthers are coming off a 41-38 win over Leland in their Regional Final game. The Cougars prepared for the anticipated atmosphere by blaring loud crowd noise during Monday’s practice.
“We anticipate it to be loud,” Angell said. “We anticipate them to play us in man to man defense. We’re preparing for a physical game because we know they play hard and physical. We know they aren’t as athletic as us so we’re looking to get out in transition more than we did in regionals.”
A win tonight is in the cards but the Cougars will have to focus on what has gotten them this far.