By William

GOESSEL – After a sluggish first half, the Elyria Christian boys’ basketball team made a valiant comeback in the final two quarters on the road Tuesday at Goessel only to fall short a take a four-point, 43-39 loss.

Goessel jumped on the Eagles in the first quarter and took an eight-point, 14-6 lead before the Eagle defense held the host team to just a pair of points in the second quarter. Only problem was the Eagles only scored four, but it did nip a pair of points off the lead, so they only trailed 16-10 heading into the halftime break.

Elyria came out much stronger in the second half, out scoring Goessel by on in each of the final two quarters of play, 13-12 in the third and 16-15 in the fourth, unfortunately it left them still four points shy of a win.

“We came out flat and it was hard to recover,” noted Elyria Head Coach Zach Goodrich. “The slow start made it tough the entire game, and we had to use too much energy to get back into the game. We were able to climb back from being down ten and made it a game. Goessel played well and Coach Curtis Guhr has his team playing well right now, I give them a lot of credit.”

The two stats that stand out for the game was that Elyria had 17 fouls while Goessel were only called for 11, and in the shooting where the Eagles shot 38% on 37 attempts while the host team connected on 49% of 35 shots.

Coach Goodrich continued his game reflections by adding, “There was some good takeaways from this game, and I think we can build off this defeat. It is never fun to lose, but I believe this was a lesson we needed to learn as we are getting ready for a tough stretch of basketball against some quality teams.”

Eight Eagles put points in the scorebook with Ben Unruh leading the way with nine while Bret Anderson chipped in with six and our other Eagles all scored four each. Unruh connected on three of the team’s five three-pointers while Anderson topped the team in rebounds and steals with four and three respectively. Zach Stucky directed the offense and earned credit for six assists.

In the conclusion of his reflections, Coach Goodrich noted some of the players by saying, “We did some good things offensively and defensively. There was just not enough consistency on both ends. Gage (Schneider) continued to play well in the interior for us, and Ben (Unruh) was able to knock down some shots from the outside. We will practice these next two days to clean some things up and get ready for our next contest on Friday.”

In the junior varsity battle, Elyria Christian lost to Goessel 39-28.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ELYRIA CHRISTIAN EAGLES? Losing on Tuesday dropped the Eagles to 8-6 for the season as they now prep for a road trip on Friday to Peabody for a tangle with Peabody/Burns.


SCORING:        1          2          3          4          FINAL

EAGLES            6          4          13        16        = 39

Goessel            14        2          12        15        = 43

TEAM STATS:              EAGLES                        Goessel

Shooting                      14-37 (38%)     17-35 (49%)

3-Pointers                    5-13 (39%)       0-4 (0%)

Free Throws                6-9 (67%)         9-16 (56%)

Rebounds                    22                    27

Assists                          10                    11

Turnovers                    17                    16

Steals                           10                    10

Blocked Shots              0                      4

Personal Fouls             17                    11

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (39 total points): Ben Unruh – 9; Bret Anderson – 6; Jackson Stone – 5; Zach Stucky – 4; Josef Hobson – 4; Gage Schneider – 4; Kevan Wiggers – 4; Kaden Aroum – 3.

Three-Pointers Made (5): Ben Unruh – 3; Jackson Stone, Kade Aroum – 1.

Rebound Leaders: Bret Anderson – 4; Josef Hobson, Ben Unruh – 3.

Assists Leader: Zach Stucky – 6.

Leader in Steals: Bret Anderson – 3; Jackson Stone, Zach Stucky – 2.

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