ABILENE, TX - Next week, the boy’s high school basketball postseason begins, and the Cooper Cougars have flipped the script the last month or so, coming off a second place finish in district 4-5A.
Bryan Connover's program ended district at 7-3, but what that doesn't show is a five-game win streak including upsets of ranked Lubbock Coronado. That huge run to the finish helping give new life to a program whom earlier, was on the bubble of missing the postseason.
Credit that to total team effort, led by scoring leaders Elijah Johnson and Isaac Moreno.
“They attack and they're good players and know how to score the ball,” said head coach Bryan Connover on Thursday. “It makes it easier on a coach that you don't have to call out a play every time, and they can just go score."
Both light up the scoreboard but also provide a spark that gets the Coogs going. And they’re a pair that have helped Cooper turn things around going into next week's bi-district game against Plainview.
"We just like start to get in a rhythm and if Isaac knocks down a shot, we get that eye contact -- like now you gotta go again," smiled senior Elijah Johnson.
"We have a lot of chemistry -- like being able to handle pressure in certain situations,” added senior Isaac Moreno. “We just click with each other and -- it's like something you can't explain."
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