By Nicole Minier
CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s boys basketball ran away with the game against Garrett Feb. 20, scoring 44 points in the second half to win 65-43.
Garrett opened the game scoring seven points in the opening minutes and hitting six of their first nine shots, leaving Churubusco with a 13-11 deficit at the end of the first quarter.
The Railroaders’ lead was short-lived, however, as Churubusco’s defense shutdown Garrett in the second quarter, only allowing three points, while the offense scored 11 to take a 21-16 halftime lead.
The Eagles continued to dominate in the third quarter, with Brayton Bonar scoring nine of his game-high 25 points and Jackson Paul adding 10 of his 16 points. Going into the fourth quarter, the Eagles held a 44-32 advantage.
Bonar and Paul scored 15 of the Eagles’ 21 fourth-quarter points, and Churubusco led by as many as 26 points en route to the 65-43 victory.
The Paul/Bonar duo proved effective for the Eagles, as many of Bonar’s points came off assists from Paul. Paul didn’t have any points in the first two quarters and after a pep talk, he changed his focus.
“He was disappointed that he couldn’t get any of his shots to fall — we told him to do something else,” Coach Paul said.
And that he did, as Paul led the team with 12 assists after relentlessly driving into the paint. For the second game in a row, Bonar pulled down 10 rebounds.
“When Bonar gets on the glass and Jackson is aggressive in the paint — it changes the game,” Paul said.
Another key contributor for the Eagles was Garrett Horn, who wasn’t a statistical leader, but a team leader.
“The energy Garrett Horn brings is contagious — it doesn’t always show on the box score,” Paul said.
After starting the season 0-6, the young Eagle team finished the season with an even, 11-11 record.
“I’m not sure there’s another team in the state that could be as inexperienced as this group, start 0-6, and put themselves in a position to go to 0.500. A lot of teams could have folded, and they just kept grinding,” Paul said.
Garrett was led in scoring by Dillon McCann with 15 points, followed by Korbyn Yarian with 54.
Along with Bonar’s 25 and Paul’s 16 points, Zane Burke scored 15 for the Eagles.