by Samantha Lefebvre
Coon Rapids (4-7) traveled to Buffalo (6-6) for a Jan. 14 non-conference game as both got off to a slow start. here.
The two teams only scored ten total points in the first five minutes of the game, but in the end the Cardinals fell 55-40 to the Bison.
From the five minute point on, the Bison began to pick up their pace as senior Dominic Gilmer scored 11 of Buffalos 13 points. He sank three consecutive three pointers, giving the home team a small lead.
The Cardinals fired back with a 6-0 run late in the first half, but were still down 29-20 at the half.
Coon Rapids put up more of a consistent fight in the back and forth second half but was unable to close the point gap. The Bison kept their lead and held on for the 15-point victory.
“I thought most of our kids played hard most of the game,” Coon Rapids coach Ryan Green said. “I thought our effort was there. Offensively we just didn’t have anybody we could go to. There is no one that can really score when we really needed a bucket and that really hurt us.”
For Buffalo, who was coming off of two consecutive loses, things seemed to be clicking well. Bison coach Nick Guida said that everyone was contributing to the collective team effort. That along with adjusting well to changes made in the Coon Rapids defense multiple times throughout the game made the biggest impact on their win, according to Guida.
“When everyone is doing what they are supposed to be doing in their role, I think the system comes together and I think we did that today,” Guida said.
Gilmer was the games lead scorer for the Bison with 21 points, going 5-for-10 from behind the three-point line. Junior Peter Cassady also contributed big points for the Bison, putting up 15 points.
Although the Cardinals were pretty even across the board in the first half, senior guard Dom Reff stepped it up in the second half and led the Cardinals with 10 points. Senior Deaunte Hammer contributed eight points.
Green said that a few athletes were out due to missed events over break and various other reasons, but he is hopeful of what the rest of the season will bring.
“We have to get kids eligible for a longer period of time,” Green said. “But I think once we are full strength we will be a little bit better.”
Coon Rapids looks ahead to break their three game losing streak as they take on Maple Grove on Jan. 17.