Playoff Run Continues for Cougar Basketball

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Post season play is a bad news/good news story for the 28-2 Albany Men’s Varsity Basketball team. Unfortunately, the Cougars were bounced out of the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs by a very talented Campolindo team on Friday, February 27, 65-50.

Junio Marcus Simon edges past the Pinole Valley Spartans in the Cougars' 53-50 TCAL championship game.

Junio Marcus Simon edges past the Pinole Valley Spartans in the Cougars’ 53-50 TCAL championship game.

Fortunately, due to Albany’s strong schedule and regular season record they’ve earned a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) North Coast Regional Invitation. This is the first time the Men’s Varsity team has been invited to this tournament. They will be playing at Archbishop Riordan High School (San Francisco) on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m.

The Cougars finished league play with a perfect Tri-County Athletic League (TCAL) record of 10-0 and 28-2 overall, with their only regular season loss coming in the championship game of The Red Brown tournament against the host Drake Pirates.

Senior Duvchin Javkhlantugs (pictured) and his teammates beat Del Norte 64-55 in their first NCS game.

Senior Duvchin Javkhlantugs (pictured) and his teammates beat Del Norte 64-55 in their first NCS game.

This is Albany’s most dominant season since moving to the TCAL Stone Division. Each successive season under three-year head coach Bill Treseler has shown vast improvements.

Veteran senior guard Andrei Rusa believes keys to victory included “key stops at the end of close games. Staying poised on offense and keeping composure on defense. A lot of close wins were because we stayed out of foul trouble and got major boosts off the bench.”

Albany powered through the TCAL playoffs, knocking off DeAnza and then Pinole Valley in the championship. The TCAL champion Cougars entered the NCS playoffs 27-1 as the 5th seed and handedly defeated the 12th ranked Del Norte Warriors at home, 64-55.