By Michael Stephens
On Wednesday, Nov. 28, Eagle Point varsity basketball out-paced the Pleasant Hill Billies for all four quarters, taking a 69 – 51 victory in the first game of the season in Eagles territory. The Eagles put twenty-three points up in the first quarter, maintained a seventeen-point lead at halftime, and left the Billies struggling to keep up.
“I’m just happy with how hard our kids played,” Eagles head coach, Bryan Wood said after the game.
Much of the excitement happened at the start of the second quarter. The Eagles put together several unanswered points, including back-to-back threes from Jorge Quintero and a couple fast break layups from Cesar Chavez.
Quintero shot a total of six three-point baskets during the game. He went 4 for 4 at the free throw line, and contributed 26 points altogether.
Chavez, of course, was also an integral part of the game at point guard. He scored a total of 15 points, and had plenty of opportunities to show off his ball handling ability. “[Cesar] is our most experienced returning player,” coach Wood said.
Coach Wood spoke proudly about the performance given by Austin Holmes as well. Though it may not have reflected in his personal stats, Holmes made himself indispensable under the net. Wood referred to Holmes as a “huge presence inside,” and said, “defensively, he did a great job.”
As an added bonus, the Lady Eagles varsity team defeated the Lady Billies by a score of 73 – 64. Judging by the final minutes of the game, the Lady Eagles are looking tough this year.
Coming up, both boys and girls basketball teams take on North Valley High School at the EPHS court on Saturday, Dec. 1. Then, the Lady Eagles face Cascade Christian at home on Monday, Dec. 3; and the varsity boys travel to North Valley on Friday, Dec. 7.