The Eagles’ basketball record is at 2-2, after their recent win over the Klamath Union Pelicans on Tuesday, Dec. 11 by a decisive score of 57 – 44.
Klamath Union worked at a glacial pace for the first, second, and third quarters, scoring 9, 7, and 6 points in each, respectively. But then, the Pelicans scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, so one has to wonder why they did not play at this speed from the beginning.
Eagles starting point guard, Cesar Chavez, spent this game on the bench with an injury. But, players like Kramer Edwards, Justin Hartman, and Aaron James did a stellar job of stepping into his shoes. Edwards scored the first two points of the game, and then made a three-point-play in the second quarter with an “and-1” foul shot following a layup.
“He gave us a couple good minutes,” said Eagles head coach, Bryan Wood.
Hartman put a total 13 points, including a three-pointer assisted by Jorge Quintero in the first quarter. He also went five for nine at the free throw line, and got to show off his windmill layup and his turnaround shot, which were both fun to watch.
James assisted the first of Quintero’s back-to-back threes during one exciting series in the first quarter. Quintero returned the favor seconds later, feeding James the ball for his own three-shot from outside. James scored 8 points altogether, and made three out of four attempted foul shots.
The first quarter ended on a breakaway layup from Quintero, who was once again the high scorer for the Eagles, with 17 points in this game. Nine of these were foul shots and, aside from his general leadership ability, Quintero deserves credit for drawing several fouls late in the game.
“Jorge’s a smart player,” Coach Wood said. “He knows how to position his body to get the call.”
He was at the line no less than five times in the fourth quarter, and these baskets increased the Eagles’ lead at the end. It would have been six times, had he not been sidelined after twisting his knee. Coach Wood reported the injury was not serious, and Quintero should be fine to play upcoming games.
Coach Wood referred to Zerger as a player with “great energy,” who is “very versatile,” and who “rebounds extremely well for his size.” Zerger was definitely a powerful defensive force for the Eagles, stripping the ball away several times and forcing a handful of turnovers with his tight coverage of opposing players. But, there were moments on offense when he let someone else take the shot that he could have made. Confidence man, confidence!
The Eagles hit the road to play Hidden Valley High School on Friday, Dec. 14, and then go to Del Norte High School on Monday, Dec. 17, before playing in the Myrtle Point Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21 and 22.
By Michael Stephens
Of the Independent