Eagles continue to win, defeat Ashland Grizzlies

Eagle Point’s varsity boys basketball team claimed their fifth straight win in two weeks by defeating rival Ashland High School on Tuesday, Jan. 31st. The final score showed a sixteen point spread at 70 – 54.

But, Eagles head coach Bryan Wood seemed unconcerned with the Eagle Point/Ashland rivalry. “Any win feels good when your kids play hard,” Wood said.

The Eagles’ offense was strong indeed. They scored 17 points in the first quarter, 15 in the second, 18 in the third and 20 points in the fourth, with Jonathan Bolston putting down threes in the first half and Garrett Snow finding success outside in the second half. Speaking of Snow, coach Wood said “all year long third quarters have been strong for him.”

Starting Eagles for the evening were Jonathan Bolston, Tyrone Holmes, Garrett Snow, Cesar Chavez and Hunter DeLange. Bolston collected 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Holmes double-doubled with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 1 assist. Snow had 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist. Chavez scored 11 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists and took 3 steals. DeLange got 6 points and 3 rebounds.

Zach Reed was out of this game due to a broken hand and other injuries. “We’re just hoping every day that we get him back,” coach Wood said.

But, Wood also explained, “we got kids working hard to step up into his place.” Wood immediately pointed out sophomore guard, Jorge Quintero, saying “he’s one of them.”

Quintero and Chavez coordinated well and made a great defensive team. Twice in the first quarter Chavez picked the ball and fed Quintero on breakaway layups. “They did a real good job trapping ball screens,” coach Wood said.

The Eagles went to Mazama High School on Saturday, Feb. 4 and will play at Ashland High School on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Their next game at home is against Grants Pass High School on Thursday, Feb. 9.
By Michael Stephens
Of the Independent

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