STUCKY, SCHNEIDER LEADS EAGLES!

By William for www.mcpherson-county-ks.com

HUTCHINSON – It was offensive struggles that provide the demise of the Elyria Christian boys basketball team on Friday as they began the 2020 end of their schedule with a 22-point, 43-21, loss on the road to Central Christian.

While Central Christian put up 15 points in each of the first two quarters, the Eagles only scored three in the first and 11 in the second to fall behind 30-14 by the halftime break.

Coming out of the break, Elyria Christian really struggled with the offense and were unable to score any points in the third quarter despite holding Central Christian to just five. In the final eight minutes of action the Eagles nearly played Central Christian even by scoring seven points to the host team’s eight as Central Christian cruised in for their 22-point victory.

“I think our offense stayed on Christmas break,” commented Eagle Head Coach Zach Goodrich during his post-game reflections. “We are in a real adjustment period and everyone is getting used to their new roles. I believe once we accept our new roles, we will be the team I know we can be. Injuries are unfortunate but it is part of the season.”

As a team the Eagles shot just 23% from the field while Central Christian hit on 45% of what they tossed up. Central Christian also held a large edge in the paint by gathering in 30 rebounds compared to Elyria’s 18.

Zach Stucky nearly had half the points for the Eagles as he hit double digits with 10 while Bret Anderson scored six. The much-anticipated return from injury by last season’s team leader Jackson Stone did not go as hoped as he missed all seven of his shots from the field and scored on just one made free throw. While Gage Schneider did not score, he did pull down six rebounds to lead the Eagles under the basket.

Coach Goodrich concluded his reflections by adding, “We will work on creating some better scoring opportunities and we will be better offensively by the end of the season, but right now everyone is learning with so many new young guys and that has made the process a lot slower.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE EAGLE BOYS?

The loss drops the Eagles to just 3-4 for the season as they prep for their 2020 home opener on Tuesday, January 7, when Herington comes to town.

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN BOYS at Central Christian:

SCORING:

EAGLES                        3          11        0          7          = 21

Central Christian         15        15        5          8          = 43

TEAM STATS:          EAGLES                        Central Christian

Shooting                      7-31 (23%)                   19-42 (45%)

3-Pointers                    2-11 (18%)                   3-6 (50%)

Free Throws                5-9 (56%)                     2-2 (100%)

Rebounds                    18                                30

Assists                          2                                  10

Turnovers                    13                                8

EAGLE INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (21 total points): Zach Stucky – 10; Bret Anderson – 6; Ben Unruh – 3; Kae Aroum 1; Jackson Stone – 1. Three-Pointers Made (2): Zach Stucky – 1; Ben Unruh – 1. Leading Rebounders: Gage Schneider – 6; Bret Anderson – 3.

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