Eagles finish strong against South Adams

Churubusco’s bench celebrates the Eagles’ success in a close fourth quarter.

Tom Richards defends a South Adams player.

Brayton Bonar battles for a rebound.

Freshman Zane Burke makes a pass.

Gage Kelly plays defense against South Adams.

By Nicole Minier

nminier@kpcmedia.com

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s young boys basketball team is showing improvment as the season goes on, especially in Saturday’s game against South Adams, where the Eagles came away with a 64-58 win.

The Eagles had a substantial lead but lost it to a South Adams’ rally. But this time, it was different than previous games.

“Whenever that happened earlier in the year, we lost those games,” head coach Chris Paul said. “But in this game, we did what we needed to do. I’m encouraged about what I’m seeing right now.”

The Eagles had a 17-12 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 32-24 at halftime.

South Adams cut ’Busco’s lead to four by the start of the fourth quarter, but the Eagles used careful possessions to maintain the lead and take the game out of reach for South Adams in the final minutes.

The Eagles had four players score in double digits: Dalston Duff with 18, Jackson Paul with 15 points, Brayton Bonar with 14 and Zane Burke with 13.

“We shared the ball and played well as a group,” Paul said.

Burke knocked down two key three pointers in the first quarter, and Dalston Duff, a non-starter at Saturday’s game, provided consistent scoring to lead the team.

“He played really well. He came off the bench and played loose,” Paul said. “When he plays loose, he’s a different player.”

With the sectional drawing coming up on Sunday, Paul is working to fine-tune the Eagles before tournament time.

“We’re working on being focused for the whole 32 minutes,” Paul said. “We need to come out of the gate ready to go. At sectional time, if you have one bad quarter, you may be going home.”

Paul is looking foward to playing four games this week, which started with Hamilton Monday and Garrett Tuesday. The Eagles host Fairfield Friday and travel to Whitko Thursday.

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