The Eagles couldn’t pull away from the Squires in the third period. They were outscored 15-12 by Manchester in the quarter. Tavin Herendeen began the aerial assault in the second half connecting four times from behind the arch finishing with 14 points on the night.
The Eagles pushed forward and took total control in the final period. Climbing to a twenty point lead down the stretch, they outscored the Squires 26-14 in the final stanza. Mathewson and Tavin Herendeen led the way with 14 points and Nicodemus and Dylan Herendeen added to the mix with ten each on the night.
“We are starting to get everybody in the mix. We have got a deeper bench,” commented Coach Michael McBride, on the return of Dylan Herendeen and Kyle Monk. “It’s like we said at the beginning of the season. We envisioned a team where any of our five guys on the floor can put the ball in the hoop, and we finally saw a bit of that tonight.”
Friday night the Eagles scored the first eight points, enroute to a 14 -8 first quarter lead. With Mathewson leading the way with 11 first half points the Eagles extended their lead to 30-22 at the break.
Churubusco looked like they had the game in hand as they stretched their lead to ten in the second half. But with the Eagles ahead 34-24 the Panthers wouldn’t give up. Prairie Heights went on a 22-2 run to flip the ten point advantage in their favor, 46-36. Nine Churubusco turnovers and a stingy Panther press gave Prairie Heights the 46-38 lead following three quarters of play.
Churubusco regrouped and played together in the fourth period. Three-pointers from Tavin Herendeen and Nicodemus opened the lane for Mathewson who scored nine in the quarter. The Eagles put the game away as they hit 10-14 from the charity stripe down the stretch giving Churubusco a 68-60 win on the road.
“It was a good win for us tonight to be able to comeback and get the victory on the road,” said Coach McBride. “Hopefully this will give us the confidence we need going into the break. We start out on the road after the break, and then there’s the Conference tourney after that.”
Mathewson lead all scorers with 26 points followed by Nicodemus with 15 while Kyle Monk added eight and Tavin Herendeen put in seven.
“Kyle and Dylan are not quite yet where we want them to be,” explained Coach McBride. “ They are a hundered percent health wise but not at their full potential yet.”
The Eagles return to action January 6th at Woodlan and the 8th at Fremont.