Hunter Nicodemus

Eagles even record at 4-4, entering Conference Tourney

The Eagles hard work over the break showed as they picked up the two wins on the road this week. From the start the Eagles were aggressive on the defensive end of the court cutting off passing lanes, redirecting shots and keeping the Warriors off balanced enabling them to collect 12 steals on the evening. On the offensive attack the Eagles were patient and handled the ball well. They cut their turnovers to a season low with just four, all in the first half. With four points apiece from Kyle Monk and Kyle Mathewson the Eagles jumped to a 12-9 first quarter lead. 

In the second period Hunter Nicodemus connected with two three-pointers for six of his game high 14 points. Monk added four more to push the Eagle lead to 26-15 at the break.

The second half saw Churubusco open up their lead, with six more from Nicodemus and four from Dylan Herendeen, that helped the Eagles extend the lead to 45-23 at the end of the third quarter. Busco shot 6-8 from the floor and 7-8 at the free-throw line in the period. 

In the fourth quarter the Eagles continued their dominance over the Warriors outscoring them 20-8, to post a 63-31 win. Dylan Jones put in six points and Tavin Herendeen added four to pace the Eagles in the final stanza. 

             1   2   3   4    F

Churubusco   12  14 19 18  63

Woodlan         9   6   8   8   31

Eagle scoring; Nicodemus 14, Monk 12, Mathewson 10, D. Herendeen 6, Jones 6, T. Herendeen 4, Arrowsmith 4, LeFever 3, Zolman2, Turner 2. 

On Friday night Churubusco traveled to Fremont keeping the win streak intact with a 65-56 win over the hosting Eagles. Kyle Monk got the Eagles on the board with a pair of free throws, kind of fitting as the Eagles shot well from the stripe Friday night hitting 25-33 on the night. Churubusco went up by seven at 12-5 on a three-point play by Kyle Mathewson, but their lead was trimmed to four as the first quarter came to a close.

In the second period the Eagles spread around the scoring as seven Eagles put points on the board, led by Dylan Herendeen who hit a three-pointer and two free throws for five points. Fremont wouldn’t go away as they hung in there until Busco went on a 9-2 run to push the score to 32-22 in the Eagles’ favor. The teams traded baskets and as the halftime buzzer rang it was Churubusco in the lead 36-27. 

The third quarter saw the Eagles extend their lead to 15 points despite only shooting one for six from the floor. Again the free throws saved Busco as they connected on eight in twelve tries. The defense forced eight turnovers in the quarter to help out the cause. 

With Churubusco up 46-39 entering the fourth quarter, Fremont went on a 6-2 run to pull within three at 48-45. The Eagles responded with five in row on a three-pointer by Nicodemus and a pair of free throws by Monk helped put the Eagles back up by eight. Busco put the game away as they hit eight of twelve free throws down the stretch to secure the 65-56 win at Fremont.

               1   2   3   4    F

Churubusco   14  22 10 19  65

Fremont         10 17 12 17  56

Eagle scoring; Monk 18, Nicodemus 12, D. Herendeen 8, Mathewson 7, Turner 7, LeFever 6, T. Herendeen 4, Arrowsmith 3.

With the return of Kyle Monk and Dylan Herendeen both at full strength it enables Coach McBride to keep players fresh, shuffling his line-up throughout the game. “I feel we are getting stronger as a team, our players are doing what they need to do to fill their duties,” stated Coach McBride. “With everyone healthy it helps open up some things that we didn’t have going for us earlier in the season. We can go deep on our bench and everyone contributes to the team.”

The Eagles are playing in the NECC tourney this week. They will play the winner of the Prairie Heights or Fairfield game on Tuesday night as the Eagles drew the bye. With a win on Wednesday night the Eagles will host the semi-final game on Friday night, and a win there would place them in the Conference Championship game held at Central Noble on Saturday evening.

The Eagles will host Leo on Tuesday, January 19, in a Varsity boys and girls match-up, with the girls game starting at 6:00 p.m.

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