Eagle Continue winning ways

The Eagle Point varsity boys basketball team spent the early minutes of their recent game against Crater High School behind in the score, and were still down by one point at the end of the first quarter. But it did not take long for the Eagles to recover and gain a steadily increasing lead. On Tuesday, Jan. 17th, the Eagles were ahead by three at halftime and by ten at the end of the third, going on to beat the Comets by a final score of 60 – 44.

Eagles head coach, Bryan Wood credited some notable sixth men for doing good things when the team was in foul trouble. Hunter DeLange, Jorge Quintero and Kyle Zerger all contributed “great minutes off the bench for us,” according to Coach Wood.

Wood specifically mentioned the defensive performance of DeLange in this game. “Hunter came through in a big way for us tonight,” and he “showed us what he’s capable of,” Wood said.

In the first quarter, the Comets struck with an impressive alley-oop pass that surprised many in the crowd. But, the Eagles had a big play of their own late in the third quarter. Cesar Chavez and Jonathan Bolston held the ball at half-court, running down the clock until Bolston assisted Garrett Snow for three from the corner. This put the Eagles ahead by ten and left the Comets with about two seconds to react, and they could do nothing with it. Coach Wood spoke of the coordination between Bolston and Snow, saying “that team executed really well.”

Snow spent more time driving toward the basket in this game compared to games past, rather than shooting from the outside as usual. This led him to collect a few offensive fouls— a fact that appeared to frustrate him on his fourth personal. But, coach Wood expressed that he was happy to see Snow adding this new dimension to his game. “We want him attacking the rim a little more,” Wood said. “So, we’ll take those fouls.”

Top Scorers for the Eagles were Jonathan Bolston, Zach Reed, Tyrone Holmes, Garrett Snow, and Cesar Chavez. Bolston had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Reed got 13 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. Holmes made 12 points and 7 rebounds. Snow scored 10 points with 1 rebound and 1 assist. Chavez had 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Concerning his four players who scored in the double digits, coach Wood said, “that’s exactly what you want.”

The Eagles play their next game at their home court against North Valley High School on Tuesday, Jan. 24th.
By Michael Stephens
Of the Independent

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