By Tim O’Sullivan
For the Independent
It’s getting increasingly difficult to find flaws in the Eagle Point boy’s varsity basketball team.
Near perfection was again on display Friday night in a 53-35 domination of the Hidden Valley Mustangs at the High School’s Main Gym, extending their winning streak to eight games.
Head coach Brian Wood was quick to put the winning streak in perspective with his team following the game.
“No matter who you’re playing, eight (wins) was tough, and nine’s gonna be tougher and ten’s gonna be even tougher. We have enough experience in our staff and in our players to know that each one is harder to get. When you get on a streak, they don’t get easier as time goes by.”
Ranked second in the state in Division 5A, the Eagles (9-1) haven’t lost since a four point setback to Springfield on December 13th.
Unlike the previous two home games, the Eagles avoided a slow start, leaping out to a seven point lead less than three minutes in. That lead extended to 18-5 by the end of the first period in a game where the Eagles never trailed.
The only adversity came in the second period, where the Eagles failed to score in the first 4:25. Hidden Valley (1-7) couldn’t take advantage during that span, scoring only four points. Kramer Edwards’ made free throw ended the drought, and Jorge Quintero followed with a three pointer, as the Eagles never again felt threatened.
Quintero led all scorers with 24 points, to go along with five steals. Caesar Chavez also contributed as part of the Eagles backcourt tandem with 11 points and six assists.
For good measure, Quintero knocked down a three pointer at the buzzer, extending the lead at the end of three periods to 21.
Mike Hults and Dylan May each scored 10 points for the Mustangs, losers of their last six.
Coach Wood, always of the defensive mindset, was again quick to lend praise to the effort. “I don’t know if people understand what it takes to play that kind of defense for a whole game. They do it night in and night out, and pure credit to them.”
“If we play defense, we’ve always got a chance.”
Efforts such as this keeps Wood focused on the long term success of the season – a second trip to the state tournament in Eugene in three years.
“If we continue to do that (win the next game) we’ll end up in Matthew Knight Arena”