Size is difference in Eagle loss to No. Medford

The Eagle Point Fighting Eagles and the North Medford Black Tornado are each currently ranked 4th in their respective divisions. At the Eagles’ home court on Tuesday, Jan. 3rd, the size difference between a 5A division school and the larger 6A division school was the deciding factor that amounted to an 8-point difference on the scoreboard. The Eagles lost to the Black Tornado  47 – 55.

“That’s a great 6A team,” head coach Bryan Wood said. “But we still had our chances.”

Eagle Point jumped ahead with some quick points at the start, but lost the lead about midway through the first quarter and trailed North Medford the rest of the game. It remained a close contest, however. At halftime, the Eagles were only down by three and the margin was never more than six points until the final two minutes of the fourth quarter.

Coach Wood expressed that he was “very pleased with our half-court defense,” which was the primary reason the score stayed as close as it did. Many Eagles were aggressive defenders, including Cesar Chavez who picked at least 3 steals and stopped a breakaway in the fourth quarter all on his own. But Tyrone Holmes and Zach Reed were the most impressive on the Eagles’ side, each protecting their territory under the basket. “Ty and Zach were tough inside,” said coach Wood.

Holmes double-doubled this evening with 17 rebounds next to his 22 points. Reed grabbed 8 rebounds and put 10 points on the board. Chavez scored 3 points and Jonathan Bolston scored 7 points.

Coach Wood explained that his team might have taken the win were it not for a few missed opportunities that “could’ve really changed the complexion of the game.” Wood went on to say that his athletes are eager to work on their mistakes and prepare for their game against Klamath Union High School.
By Michael Stephens
For the Independent

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