UNRUH, ANDERSON, WIGGERS LEAD EAGLES!

By William

WAKEFIELD – The Elyria Christian boys basketball team went on the road on Tuesday and battled with Wakefield until the very end before losing by a meager two points, 27-25.

Host Wakefield took a slim three-point, 10-7 lead by the end of the first quarter only to see the visiting Eagles out score them 10-4 in the second quarter, allowing the Eagles to turn the table and take their own three-point advantage heading into the halftime break.

Both teams scored just four points in the third quarter before Wakefield plunged late in the fourth quarter to nip the Elyria Eagles by two points, 27-25.

“It was another tough night offensively for us,” said Elyria Eagle Head Coach Zach Goodrich. “Credit to Wakefield and their kids for playing hard and keeping us off balance. I need to do a better job of putting us in positions to be successful.”

Like with the girl’s game, the two boys’ teams played close to even for the entire game as Wakefield held just a two-rebound advantage, 22-20, while both teams had 13 turnovers. As Coach Goodrich mentioned, the Eagles had a rough night shooting as they hit just 32% of their shots from the field while Wakefield connected on 44%.

As for individual play, the Eagles scoring was led by Ben Unruh with six points while both Zach Stucky and Bret Anderson each hit for five. Keyan Wiggers had the team high in rebounds with six while Anderson hauled in five to go along with four blocked shots.

Coach Goodrich finished his game reflections by adding, “On any night I’d take holding a team to 27 points for the game but scoring only 25 won’t get the job done. I felt some of our younger guys are starting to figure out the varsity contest. We are hoping it pays off when we get near the end of the season. We will be half-way through our season after Friday and we still have plenty of room to grow. We have a tough contest on Friday and our goal is to find some offense early and continue to grow defensively.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ELYRIA EAGLES?

Unfortunately, the loss drops the Eagles below .500 for the season at 4-5 as they prep to play host on Friday to a tough team from Rural Vista.

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN EAGLES at Wakefield

SCORING:

ELYRIA EAGLES            7          10        4          4          = 25

Wakefield                    10        4          4          9          = 27

TEAM STATS:              ELYRIA EAGLES            Wakefield

Shooting                      10-31 (32%)                 12-29 (44%)

3-Pointers                    4-18 (22%)                   0-2 (0%)

Free Throws                1-5 (20%)                     3-6 (50%)

Assists                          7                                  7

Rebounds (Off/Def)    20 (5/15)                     22 (4/15)

Turnovers                    13                                13

Steals                           7                                  8

Blocked Shots              5                                  1

Personal Fouls             9                                  7

ELYRIA EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (25 total points): Ben Unruh – 6; Bret Anderson – 5; Zach Stucky – 5; Kevan Wiggers – 4; Alex Huddle – 3; Kaden Aroum – 2. Three-Pointers (4 made): Ben Unruh – 2; Alec Huddle – 1; Zach Stucky – 1. Leading Rebounder: Keyan Wiggers – 6; Bret Anderson – 5. Assists Leader: Bret Anderson – 2. Leader in Steals: Zach Stucky – 3; Ben Unruh – 2. Leader in Blocked Shots: Bret Anderson – 4.

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