Jaikir Fowler (1), with the Goldsboro Cougars, soars for a basket during Monday’s game against the Clinton Dark Horses at Goldsboro High.

The Clinton Dark Horses defeated the Goldsboro Cougars 67-64 in Monday night’s game.

Goldsboro started off the game strong offensively and were able to outscore Clinton by four points in the first half. Going into the second half, the score was 30-26 in the Cougars’ favor.

In the third quarter, the game remained in Goldsboro’s favor with Clinton unable to reduce the deficit as the Cougars retained a four-point lead at 46-42 to start the fourth quarter.

The Dark Horses started off the fourth quarter strong offensively and went on a 10-6 run to even the game at 52-52.

Clinton continued their strong play for the rest of the fourth quarter, and with less than two minutes remaining, they led by a score of 67-59.

Although the Cougars were able to cut the game to within three points, they were not able to overcome their late fourth-quarter deficit.

Clinton won the game with a final score of 67-64.

The leading scorer for the Cougars was senior Jaikir Fowler who scored 16 points.

Head Coach Jamaal Croom said that his guys didn’t do a good job on the glass.

“We didn’t do a good job rebounding, and that was the difference in the game,” Croom said. “It’s tough to beat teams without rebounding the ball.”

Croom also said he wants to see his guys close out the season with a win.

“You know (we need to) close out the season on a positive note,” Croom said. “We are playing at home, so you know (it’s important) to have Cougar pride when we defend the home court.”

With the loss, the Goldsboro Cougars fall to 7-4 on the season with all their games this season coming in conference play. Goldsboro sits at third in the East Central 2A conference.

The Clinton Dark Horses are now 4-7 on the season with the win and in fifth place in the conference.

Goldsboro will take on Wallace-Rose Hill (10-2) at home on Wednesday night in their final game of the season.