In a battle of contenders in the Ches-Mont conference, the Coatesville Red Raiders improved to 9-2 in conference play, and a share of first place in the National Division, with a 76-63 victory on Thursday night over the Downingtown East Cougars.
Coatesville came into the game with a 15-4 overall record and slim lead over the Cougars in the standings. Sitting at third place in the conference standings, Downingtown East had an impressive 13-6 record and was 7-2 in conference play.
The Red Raiders led throughout and pulled away in the second half. A four-point halftime lead grew to 14 points by the end of the third quarter.
While the Cougars offense managed to keep pace for most of the game, they were not able to spread the ball around effectively. Their offense was carried by senior guard Malik Slay, who led all players with 26 points. Senior guard Corey Hernandez was the only other Downingtown player to score in double figures, as he added 12 points.
Coatesville, on the other hand, saw several players contributed offensively, but star sophomore guard Jhamir Brickus proved to be the difference with his team-high 24 points. Brickus’ backcourt mate and fellow sophomore guard Dapree Bryant added 12 points.
It wasn’t just the up-and-coming sophomores getting in on the action. A pair of senior forwards helped lead the Red Raiders to victory. Donte Crews was second on the team in scoring with 14 points, while senior forward Avery Young had 11 points.
After this crucial victory, Coatesville moved into a share of first place in the Ches-Mont National Division with the Bishop Shanahan Eagles. The Eagles are 16-2 overall and 9-1 in conference play.