The 6A division Roseburg Indians basketball team has only one player who is less than six feet tall on their whole varsity lineup. This size advantage translated into a powerful defense that shook the Eagles out of their normal offensive rhythm. At their home court on Friday, Jan. 25, the Eagles lost to the Indians by a 42 – 74 score.
Whether they were intimidated by the larger team, or simply having a bad night, the Eagles could not buy a bucket for most of the early minutes. It was not until David Barber’s layup, near the end of the first quarter, that the Eagles got their first points on the board. Jorge Quintero was actually the first Eagle to make something drop, but an offensive foul charge negated the basket.
A few missed passes and positioning problems also spelled trouble for the Eagles, but there was no shortage of hustle from Barber, Quintero, Kramer Edwards, Kyle Zerger, and Aaron James. Eagle Point head coach, Bryan Wood, called a timeout early in the second quarter; and, whatever he said to his team kickstarted the Eagles into serious action. They switched to full-court pressure on defense, and began to work more efficiently on offense.
Right out of the huddle, James hit a three shot assisted by Cesar Chavez. Then, Chavez put up two baskets almost back-to-back. Quintero grabbed a defensive rebound, took it all the way for a layup, and sunk his and-one foul shot for a three-point play. Chavez also assisted Edwards for a layup, seconds before the buzzer signaled halftime.
For comparison, the Eagles only scored two points in the first quarter. But they racked up seventeen points in the second, eight in the third, and fifteen in the fourth.
Defensive leaders for the Eagles were Edwards, Quintero, and Zerger. Quintero was able to create scoring opportunities with a string of steals late in the game. Edwards and Zerger both covered well, went after rebounds, and forced several jump balls. In the fourth quarter, Zerger ran down and stopped a would be breakaway layup for Roseburg. The block looked good, but Zerger was unfortunately called for the foul.
Altogether, Quintero scored 15 points, James got 7 points, Edwards put up 6 points, Chavez made two field goals and free throw for 5 points, Zerger had two baskets for 4 points, and Barber scored 3 points.
The next Eagle Point home game happens on Tuesday, Jan. 29, when they take on the rival Ashland Grizzlies.