Cournyer’s Hot Start Guides Toledo To Season-Opening Win


If there was any rust heading into Toledo’s season opener against Northwest Christian, you would have barely been able to tell in the first quarter. 

The Riverhawks jumped out to a 29-7 lead in the opening frame, with 16 of those coming from Jake Cournyer, and never looked back in a 75-33 win. 

The Riverhawks were in control the entire way, jumping out to an 11-0 lead to start the game behind Cournyer’s hot hand.

“He’s been chomping at the bit,” Toledo coach Grady Fallon said. “He came out with a bang.”

Though Toledo scored nearly at will at times, its defense was perhaps more impressive, holding the Wolverines to single-digit scoring in three quarters. 

“I was happy with our defense,” Fallon said. “I didn’t have a good judgement of how we were doing in practice. You just don’t know when you go to someone else’s place how it’s gonna be.”

Cournyer finished with a game-high 23 points, and Kaven Winters (14 points), Carson Olmstead (12 points) and Conner Olmstead (10 points) rounded out the double-figure scorers for the Riverhawks. 

Toledo (1-0) hosts Castle Rock in a non-league match on Friday.