During the warm-ups for Eagle Point’s varsity boys basketball game on Tuesday, Dec. 20, several players from the visiting Summit High School showcased their preference for slam dunks over layups to an intimidating effect. But, the Eagles remained unperturbed and roundly defeated the Storm by a score of 73 – 48.
Head coach Bryan Wood highlighted the technical execution of his team as a point of pride for the evening, saying he was “proud we came out and played hard.”
The Eagles certainly did execute. Cesar Chavez and Jonathan Bolston each performed well their guard duties, constantly feeding the ball either to Zach Reed and Tyrone Holmes under the basket, or to Garret Snow outside the perimeter. Out of Snow’s 19 total points, 18 were shot from behind the three-point line.
Reed, despite playing through illness, put 6 points on the board and “gave us some great minutes,” according to coach Wood.
Coach Wood also commented that Holmes was “incredible in the second half.” Holmes was the top scorer for the Eagles with 21 points.
Bolston’s natural athleticism is an exciting thing to watch. Coach Wood called him “lightning quick,” and the description definitely fits. Bolston collected almost all of his 18 points after penetrating Summit’s zone defense with fast crossovers at a hotfooted pace. Such a combination of speed and skill usually produces a ball hog, but this is not the case with Bolston. “[He] does it unselfishly,” coach Wood pointed out, and called him a “great player.”
The Eagles play at Churchill High School on Thursday, Dec. 29. Their next home game is against North Medford High School on Tuesday Jan. 3 at 7 p.m.
By Michael Stephens
For the Independent