By Nicole Minier
CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s boys basketball team had two players score more than 30 points apiece in Friday night’s win over Hamilton, 113-61.
The Marines got their first win last week against Fort Wayne Smith Academy. They were looking to pick up some momentum heading into the final games of the season, but Churubusco wouldn’t allow it.
The Eagles scored 25 points in the first quarter, 14 of which came from Dakota Barkley, who was on fire in the first half. Barkley scored 24 points in the first two stanzas, on his way to a 33-point game.
It was his teammate and fellow senior Jalen Paul who caught fire in the second half, scoring 12 points in the third quarter and five 3-pointers and three free throws in the fourth to finish out the game with 32 points.
“They’re both (Barkley and Paul) really good players. This is two games in a row now where they both shot well in the same night,” Churubusco head coach Chris Paul said. “I’ve always known we could score, but I didn’t expect them to have that kind of second half.”
Churubusco’s 25-16 lead grew to 49-25 at halftime, as the Marines struggled to keep up with Churubusco’s sharp shooting.
Hamilton came out in the second quarter to score 20 points, but Churubusco scored 31 to make the game nearly unreachable for the Marines heading into the fourth quarter, 80-45.
The Eagles doubled Hamilton’s scoring in the fourth, 33-16, to make the final score 113-61, after the 3-point barrage by Paul.
Coach Paul, Jalen’s father, said he knew when Hamilton’s crowd started heckling his son, he would play with more intensity.
“When the crowd gets on him, he’s a better player,” Coach Paul said. “I knew he would take it to another level, that’s who he is.”
Paul scored the 3-pointer that pushed the Eagles’ scoring past the 100-point mark. A video of that shot is on Editor Nicole Minier’s Twitter, @NicoleMKPC.
“I didn’t see it (100 points) coming,” Coach Paul said. “I looked up and we were there.”
Coach Paul said in the past, the team hasn’t held its intensity for long, allowing teams to get back into the game after taking a lead.
“I called a timeout and told them they were starting to just go through the motions. I told them they needed to take it to another level,” Paul said. “They need to be able to keep that energy going all the time, and they did. I am proud of them.”
Barkely and Paul both recorded double-doubles for the Eagles, as Barkley tallied 10 rebounds and Paul had 11 assists.
Alfred Lingo led Hamilton with 17 points, followed by Bailey Merritt with 15.
Churubusco will play four games next week — at Garrett on Tuesday, at South Adams on Wednesday, at Fairfield Friday and hosting Whitko Saturday.
Eagles down Adams Central
Churubusco’s boys traveled to Adams Central and beat the Flying Jets 79, 58 after a 36-24 lead at halftime last Tuesday.
The boys were led in scoring by Paul with 25 points, followed by Barkley with 22 and Luke Foote with 12.
Barkley led the Eagles in rebounding with eight, followed by Dean Stanley with six.
Paul recorded a double-double with 10 assists. He also led the team in steals with four.