Eagles are at home in playoff Saturday, Mar. 3

Garrett Snow, EPHS|Garrett Snow goes up for the jump shot in the playoff game against Crescent Valley.

The Eagles varsity basketball team has entered the post-season with a victory over the Crescent Valley Raiders on Saturday, Feb. 25th. The final score was 65 – 48.

This was the play-in game to determine who goes to the playoffs and who gets eliminated from competition. Naturally, both teams played at a high level of physicality. Commenting on the Eagles’ energized game play, head coach Bryan Wood said, “Right now, you either win or you’re done. You’ve got to bring it every night.”

In the early minutes, both teams were aggressive on either side of the ball and the baskets went back and forth. The first quarter ended with the score tied at sixteen. But, the Eagles turned up their intensity from the end of the first quarter onward. Crescent Valley only scored three points in the whole second quarter, while the Eagles rallied to a fourteen point lead. After that, the Eagles were never less than nine points ahead on the scoreboard.

Jonathan Bolston started off the Eagles’ rally with a long three-pointer, from way outside the perimeter, after Garrett Snow rebounded the Raiders’ first possession in the second quarter. Altogether, Bolston scored 27 points with 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Snow had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Tyrone Holmes got 16 points, 7 rebounds and gave 3 assists. Zach Reed had 4 points and 6 rebounds. Cesar Chavez scored 4 points and took 2 rebounds.

Emotions are bound to run high in any game that will end the season for one of the teams playing. Such impassioned competition led to an unfortunate incident in the fourth quarter. Zach Reed went to the ground while chasing the ball. On his way up, Reed found himself in a short scuffle with two players from Crescent Valley. Cesar Chavez had to push Jonathan Bolston away from the conflict, and coach Wood had to call Christian Flores back to the bench to keep the situation from escalating. Reed and Chase Cochran from Crescent Valley were both thrown out of the game.

Coach Wood expressed his intention to appeal the decision made by the officials. “There were no punches thrown,” Wood said. Concerning Zach Reed’s feelings on the incident, Wood explained, “[Reed] wishes it wouldn’t have happened. But, when you’ve got two guys on top of you, what do you do?”

The Eagles play at home again for the first game of the 5A division playoffs on Saturday, March 3rd. But, at the time of this writing the opposing team was unknown.
by Michael Stephens
Of the Independent


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