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Eagles gain momentum heading into post-season

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(Tough defense play like Tavin Herendeen’s, shown here stealing the ball against Angola has the Eagles flying high. Herendeen collected seven steals this week and was three of six from three-point range.) photo by hiatt

Friday night they traveled to Angola to face the Hornets who were unbeaten in conference play. The Eagles fought hard but Angola pulled away in the last period for the 60-49 win. Saturday Churubusco was again on the road playing at Canterbury, always a tough team and defeated the Cavaliers 62-55.

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scoreboardFrom the opening tip til the final buzzer this was one exciting game to watch. The Leo Lions play a different style of basketball, a run and gun offense that uses the whole team. Coach McBride used his practices to accommodate this style of play and beat them at their own game. With the Eagles in great shape from playing aggressive defense all year long they were ready for the challenge. Just a minute into the game Leo had five subs at the scorer’s bench entering the game. They use this system all game long, keeping players fresh and running the whole game. 

Churubusco accepted the challenge and came out on top after one quarter 33-32. The Eagles were connecting on lay-ups as they filtered through the Leo press. From the first basket the Eagles objective was to get the lay-up. 

“I thought we did a good job at getting the lay-ups by breaking their press,” said Coach McBride. 

The Eagles continued to roll in the second period as they hit basket after basket, as they extended their lead to 56-51 at the half. 

Churubusco continued their assault on the Lions in the third period. They led 83-77 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter Leo connected on several three-pointers to tie the game at 89-89 with 5:25 remaining. Leo took the lead but couldn’t put away the Eagles. It was Leo who broke the century mark first and shortly after the Eagles followed suit. The Lions went up five points with a 108-103 lead with 1:44 remaining. The Eagles trimmed the lead to one point after a steal and a basket by Kyle Monk. A free throw by Leo and a basket by Nicodemus sent the game into overtime. 

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Kyle Monk(Kyle Monk soars through the air as he lays in two of his 18 points against Leo last Tuesday. Monk also added 15 rebounds, six assists and two steals for the Eagles.) photo by hiatt

In the overtime period the Eagles’ Kyle Mathewson put the finishing touches on the Lions as he hit three free throws to close out the game, a 122-118 Eagle victory. 

“Being down three with 30 seconds to go Kyle Monk made two incredible plays, one was the steal and the other one on the offensive end where he missed the shot but he somehow magically got the rebound and he scored to give us new life,” recalled Coach McBride. “Our bench did a great job tonight, everybody on our team deserves a lot of credit.”

Churubusco 122  

Leo            118

Leo          32  19  26  34  7   118

                                      Churubusco  33  23  27  28 11  122

Churubusco (5-5)

Player            FG        FT        Pts         R

T.Herendeen          1-2        2-2        4         0

Monk                  9-14        0-2       18         15

D. Herendeen         3-4        4-4   10          3

Nicodemus          11-15       2-2   24          1  

Mathewson         11-18      6-11   28          5

LeFever           6-13       2-2   14          5

Jones                     2-2       0-0    4          0

Turner             2-2       0-0    4          2

Arrowsmith             8-9       0-0   16          9

Totals          53-79    16-23     122         40

Against Angola the Eagles looked a little worn from the Tuesday night shootout against Leo. Busco played an aggressive defense and controlled the tempo. The game was tied at 11-11 at the end of one period. The Eagles couldn’t get much going in the second quarter as they only managed eight points. Busco came out in the third and made a run at Angola. The game was close right up until the last three minutes where Angola was able to stretch their lead at the free-throw line. 

“We didn’t shoot the ball well tonight and that is where the defense needs to help out and create turnovers,” explained Coach McBride. “We had a lot of shots in the paint that didn’t fall for us. We need to get a good shot fake and draw the foul and get to the free-throw line.”

Angola 60

Churubusco 49

Churubusco    11   8   19  11   49

Angola       11  11 18  20   60

Churubusco (5-6)

Player            FG     FT    Pts   R

T.Herendeen          3-6    2-4      8    0

Monk                  5-12    2-5    12    7

D. Herendeen       3-10    2-6      8    3

Nicodemus           0-0    0-0      0    0  

Mathewson          6-15    2-2    14    7

LeFever           1-4    2-2      4   4

Jones                   0-0    0-0       0    1

Turner           1-4    0-0       3    2

Arrowsmith           0-3    0-0      0   3

Totals        19-54   10-19   49   27

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Hunter Nicodemus(Hunter Nicodemus takes a baseline jumper for two of the Eagles’ 122 points . Nicodemus scored 24 points, dished out six assists and had two steals, before leaving the game with an injury.) photo by hiatt

Saturday at Canterbury the Eagles were victorious as they defeated the Cavaliers  62-55. The Eagles trailed after one quarter of play 16-14 in a physical match up with Canterbury. In the second period each team added 12 points to give Canterbury a two point halftime lead. 

The Eagle defense took over in the third period as they held Canterbury to just six third quarter points. Churubusco answered with 11 of their own to take over the lead 37-34 after three quarters of play. The game was close, 47-46 with Busco in the lead and just over three minutes remaining. The Eagles took charge at the free-throw line connecting on 13-14 free throws down the stretch. Canterbury wouldn’t give up  as they hit three three-pointers to keep it close. As the buzzer sounded the Eagles took the game 62-55 from the Cavaliers, to even their record at 6-6 on the season.

“It was a tough physical game, we didn’t get some calls early but we stayed with what we wanted to do,” stated Coach McBride. “I thought defensively in the second half we did a much better job holding them to single digits in the third quarter. This is a testament to our kids with this being the third game in five days. The Leo game was up and down the floor and last night was a real physical game at Angola. And then to come here and beat Canterbury, our first win over an opponent with a winning record. I think our team is heading in the right direction and I felt our kids showed a lot of mental toughness tonight.”

The Eagles will be back in action at home against Central Noble this Friday with the JV beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Churubusco 62

Canterbury 55

Churubusco  14  12  11 25  62

Canterbury   16  12    6 21  55

Churubusco (6-6)

Player            FG     FT       Pts     R

T.Herendeen          4-6     0-0       9      0

Monk                    1-6     9-10     11     7

D. Herendeen         0-2      5-6  5 0

Nicodemus            0-0      0-0  0 0  

Mathewson           8-15     3-3     19 1

LeFever            3-8      4-4      10     4

Jones                    0-0      4-4  4 0

Turner            0-1      0-0  0     0

Arrowsmith            2-3      0-0  4   10

Totals          18-41   25-27   62    22

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