Eagle Point Out-Hustles Klamath Union

On Saturday, Jan. 7, the Eagles varsity boys basketball team spent most of their game trailing behind Klamath Union on the scoreboard. That was until halfway through the fourth quarter, when Cesar Chavez pulled down a defensive rebound and fed Jonathan Bolston who sunk a layup and one foul shot to put the Eagles ahead by one. After this, the final four minutes were all about the Eagles, whose spectacular teamwork led them to a thrilling win over the Pelicans. The final score was 52 – 44, Eagles.

This latest victory on their home court had the Eagle Point coaching staff in especially high spirits. “We got smiles like crazy,” head coach Bryan Wood said, of himself and his assistants.

Garrett Snow missed a couple in the first quarter, but soon had his outside shot on target. Coach Wood explained that any good shooter can have off-nights, but “we just told him ‘you know what, we believe in you.’” Snow made three baskets from behind the three-point line, two of which were back-to-back in the third quarter.

By the fourth quarter, Klamath Union had committed enough fouls to put them in the double bonus, giving Zach Reed and other Eagles plenty of time at the free-throw line. Coach Wood commented about Reed, “having a 6’8” kid step up and knock down free-throws is a pure luxury.” Overall, Eagle Point had a 75% success rate for foul shots.

“That’s how you win games,” Wood said.

In total, Snow got 16 points, Reed had 15 points and Bolston put up 13 points. These high scorers for the Eagles had a big hand in keeping the game within winning distance.

But coach Wood emphasized the fact that victory for Eagle Point was the result of a coordinated team effort and hard work from all his athletes. Wood noted the strong performance of Jorge Quintero and Kyle Zerger, both of whom saw more than their average playing time in the game-making fourth quarter. Klamath Union only scored 8 points in the fourth, and for the last four minutes received no offensive rebounds, no free-throws, and no turnovers. “It’s tough to play that kind of defense. You really have to have five guys pretty much on a string,” Wood said. “There’s not really one guy to lean on.”

Congratulations to Eagles varsity basketball for their impressive win! All are encouraged to watch their next home game against Roseburg High School on Tuesday, Jan. 10th.
By Michael Stephens
for the Independent

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