The fourth quarter went back-and-forth, as Bethesda cut the deficit to one early in the period. Foul trouble plagued the home team, as the Pumas were in the bonus with over six minutes to go. However, the Patriots found themselves in the double-bonus with just under three minutes to play.
Bethesda managed to keep it close, but could never gain momentum. Sophomore Josh Stroud hit back-to-back three-point shots to get the Patriots within four with under a minute to play, but the visitors were able to ice the game at the charity stripe.
Metro coach Richard Bishop attributed defense to the win.
“We were able to pick up the tempo of the game with our defense, our defense turned into offense,” Bishop said. “That was pretty much the difference in the runs that we were able to make.”
Cook was encouraged by his team’s effort. Bethesda was missing two starters, one to injury and one to travel.
“I think it says volumes to the growth we’ve had,” Cook said. “To have two guys step up the way they did is really big.”
Bethesda will have the holiday break off, and will host Horizon Christian on Jan. 3.