Cooper advanced to the Elite Eight with a 54-39 win over Meade County on Thursday. The Jaguars held Meade to a 30% shooting night in the win.
As has been tradition in the 2017 Sweet Sixteen, neither team could find a rhythm on offense in the first quarter. Neither team scored for the first three and a half minutes of the game. Chesney Weick finally put Meade on the Board with his first of six first quarter points. Weick scored all of Meade County’s points in the first quarter as Cooper inched to a 7-6 lead through one. The teams combined to shoot 5/24 in the first quarter.
Cooper was able to find somewhat of a groove in the second quarter. Tyler Ollier knocked down the team’s first three of the game to help the Jaguars go on a 12-2 run to open the quarter. There was some movement in transition as both teams settled in, but neither team shot well in the first half. Neither team shot over 35% as Cooper led 23-15 at the break.
Meade County struggled from the field for most of the game, but Cooper was able to get the ball rolling in the second half. After Meade cut the lead to two, Adam Kunkel picked up an and-one, Sean McNeil knocked down a three, and Ollier as Cooper got Meade off their heels. The Jaguars built their first double-digit lead of the half at 39-28 through three quarters.
The Green Wave did not have one final spurt left in them as Cooper pulled away in the fourth. Cooper spent most of the fourth quarter at the foul line, going 7/13 in the final frame. The Jaguars held Meade to a 30% shooting night with 19 turnovers. Meade County’s cinderella run came to and end as Cooper advanced to the Elite Eight with a 54-39 win on Thursday.
Kunkel led all scorers with 16 points and eight rebounds. Weick led Meade County with 15 points and seven rebound. Cooper will advance to take on Collins tomorrow at 6:30 ET.