The Kouts High School Boys Basketball Team hosted Washington Township for the Sectional Championship game on Saturday.
The Kouts Mustangs started the game by gaining the ball at the tip, but the Washington Township Senators took the ball and scored the first point of the quarter with a three-pointer by #22 Cameron Andrews. With just three minutes left in the first quarter, #24 Hunter Kneifel made the first point for the Mustangs, and by the end of the quarter, the Senators were ahead 10-7.
The second quarter began with a three pointer by #24 Hunter Kneifel. The Mustangs and Senators were both in the lead a few times throughout the quarter, but the Senators ended at halftime with a lead of 25-22.
At the beginning of the second half, the Mustangs came back fighting and had surpassed the Senators with only a minute and a half left in the quarter. The Mustangs continued to hold the lead, ending the third quarter with a score of 42-35.
To begin the final quarter, #1 Cole Wireman made two free throws for the Mustangs. The Mustangs continued to build their lead through the quarter and held strong, ending with the win thanks to a final score of 67-53. Head Coach Kevin Duzan commented on his joy over the championship win.
“I’m happy these kids got to enjoy the moment,” Duzan said. “They’ve worked a long time for it, and we were close two years in a row, just to see them get over that hump is great. It’s good to celebrate on our floor. It’s about them; it’s totally about them, and I couldn’t be prouder of that group of kids.”
Congratulations to Kouts High School for winning the Sectional Championship and earning the opportunity to continue on to the first round of the Regional Championship!