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Cobras clinch win over Bow Valley in battle of Cochrane basketball

The Cochrane Cobras shot 88 points over the Bow Valley Bobcats 57, in what was a spirited hometown game for both teams Feb. 1. The Cobras were visiting the Bobcats in the teams first meeting of the season.

The Cochrane Cobras shot 88 points over the Bow Valley Bobcats 57, in what was a spirited game of hometown basketball for both teams Feb. 1.

The Cobras were visiting the Bobcats in the teams’ first meeting on the court this season. 

"They've got really strong guards, really strong players out there," said Cobras head coach Patrick Court. "Their No. 1 guard isn't full strength right now, and we know that when's he back it's going to be a good challenge."

Cobras Grade 12 forward Evan Sim agreed and said he couldn't stress enough how good Bow Valley's guards Ethan Horb and Paulo C. are.

"They have two players that honestly might be some of the best in the province," he said. "They're competing at such a high level in this league and that's hard to come by."

Sim is feeling confident about where the team is and believes they have a good shot at provincials. Currently the Cobras top the Rocky View Sports Association league, with four wins, while the Chestermere Lakers and Bow Valley trail close behind. 

Kris Nielson, head coach for the Bobcats, said it was a rough night for their team with how many rebounds the Cobras were able to pick up. 

"We're missing our centre and our back-up centre," he said. "We knew going in that we were in trouble inside, but we really had trouble inside.

"They're big guys and they probably had twice as many shots as we had just because they were rebounding offensively so well."

Nielson added that COVID-19 and serious injuries have been plaguing the team for the better part of the year.

"We've had a lot of COVID problems," he said. "Our starting point guard has also been out for almost an entire year with hamstring problems and our starting centre has an ankle injury right now."

The Bobcats had to pull some players from its junior varsity team in order to have enough bodies to compete, otherwise they would have needed to forfeit.

Despite some setbacks, the Bobcats are still in the mix in the RVSA league, and Neilson thinks with a little more momentum — and some luck with players returning — they can kick it into high gear. 

"I think we can compete with anybody," said the coach. "We just got to get healthy and get going and that will bring a lot of our confidence back."

The Bobcats and the Cobras will take on their next opponents Feb. 8 in away game at George McDougall in Airdrie and Chestermere. 

Part two of the battle of Cochrane RVSA basketball continues with the senior girls facing off at Cochrane High Feb. 2 at 7:45 p.m.