The basketball career for Noah Cottrill has come to an end.
Cottrill, a former Logan and Poca high school standout, led Georgetown (Ky.) College into Tuesday night’s NAIA National Championship Game in Kansas City. Cottrill’s Tigers, however, dropped a 100-99 decision to No. 4 Mid-America Christian.
Cottrill tossed in 32 points for No. 1-ranked Georgetown in the game.
The Tigers led 50-39 at halftime but Mid-America Christian forced overtime and sank a buzzer-beating shot to win.
Georgetown closed out the season at 32-4. It was the Tigers’ sixth trip to the NAIA championship game. Georgetown won it all in both 1998 and 2013.
Cottrill led Logan to the 2010 Class AAA state championship with the Wildcats’ 63-48 win over Wheeling Park. He also played his prep ball at Mountain State Academy in Beckley.
Cottrill initially signed to play his collegiate ball at West Virginia University but was dismissed from the team. He then had short stints at West Virginia Wesleyan and Mountain State University before settling in at Georgetown.
The 6-foot-3 guard finished his Georgetown career with 1,810 points, including 653 points (18.7 per game) this season in his senior year. He was 181-for-403 shooting from the floor for 44.9 percent. He made 104-of-215 of his 3-pointers for 48.4 percent and was 187-for-214 from the free throw line for 87.4 percent.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).