CHATHAM, NJ - A 13-point lead in the fourth quarter had been whittled down to six points when Chatham forward Andrew Bergman fouled out with 2:19 left in the fourth quarter.
Even though Chatham was having trouble securing a defensive board against a charging Eagle Academy team, coach Todd Ervin called on little-used-sub, guard Dan Kehoe, to take the 6-3 Bergman's place in what turned out to be a 67-62 Cougar win on Tuesday night.
"He handles the ball well, he's good with the ball, he helped us on defense, so we needed more of that in there," Ervin said. "He played well. He probably won the game for us at the end. He got his hand on the ball and we ended up getting a steal out of it."
Dan Kehoe talks about getting into the game late for Chatham
Chatham received balanced scoring throughout the game with seven players scoring point in the first half when the Cougars took a 39-28 lead into the break after E.J. Leskauskas scored at the buzzer (see the video below) off an in-bound pass from Ryan Doherty.
Bergman scored eight of his 10 points in the third quarter including the basket below off Doherty's pass that staked the Cougars to a 48-32 lead in the third quarter.
Jack Casano-Boris (11 points) closed out the third quarter with a drive to the basket for Chatham and then opened the fourth with a leaning jumper (see the video below) that made it 52-42.
Chatham held a 56-44 lead with 5:11 to go in the fourth quarter before the Eagles began to cause turnovers with their press. Doherty, who led four players in double figures for Chatham with 14 points, drove to the basket (see below) for a 62-56 lead.
"We tried to give them that one, they didn't want it though," Ervin said. "We did everything we could to give them the game, but we made a couple plays at the end to hold on. It wasn't a great performance for sure."
COUGAR NOTES: Chatham (4-11) plays at Pope John on Thursday, a team it defeated in the season opener ... Andrew Bergman returned from a one-game respite for a banged up knee and scored 10 points. Coincidentally, he has now fouled out of the game in two of Chatham's four victories this season ... Tim Fell hit three 3-pointers for the second straight game and finished with nine points ... Cam Rooney hit two 3-pointers in the opening minutes and ended with eights points ... Doherty (14 points), Leskauskas (13), Casano-Boris (11) and Bergman (10) gave Chatham four players in double-digit scoring.