CHATHAM, NJ - Coming off an overtime loss against Millburn on Tuesday, the Chatham boys basketball team was looking to get back in the win column Thursday night, but a late push by Columbia saw the visitors hand the Cougars their second straight setback at home.
"We just didn't make many shots," Chatham coach Todd Ervin said of the fourth quarter. "We had some good looks, just couldn't make any."
Columbia held Chatham to its lowest point total of the season in a 48-36 win, outscoring the Cougars by 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Chatham (19-5) was outscored, 15-5, in the final quarter by Columbia (8-14). Fouls and missed shots ended up costing them late in the game, even though Ervin felt that they played solid defense against a tough opponent.
Senior guard Mac Bredahl talks about the loss and getting ready for 3 p.m. Saturday Morris County Tournament semifinal vs. Morristown at the County College of Morris.
“Our real worry is Saturday," Bredahl said. "We got to get the win on Saturday and continue in the Morris County Tournament.”
The third quarter started very well for the Cougars as they scored the first five points of the
second half and were able to take a 25-20 lead. Senior forward Chris Conlin dropped in two 3-pointers in the period, but Columbia held a 33-31 edge entering the final eight minutes.
Columbia had jumped out to a quick 6-0 run to start the game as Chatham struggled to find open looks. But the Cougars went on a 13-2 run to end the quarter for a 13-8 lead, with senior guard Jack Rooney connecting on two 3-pointers in the burst. Rooney ended with a team-high 10 points.
Columbia put Chatham on its heels again in the second quarter with a 13-2 run of its own, forging a 21-15 lead. Sophomore forward Andrew Bergman scored five of his seven points in the final three minutes of the first half to help Chatham cut its deficit to 23-23 at the break.