By William

PEABODY – Once they got past the first quarter, the Elyria Christian boys basketball team put the defensive clamps on host Peabody/Burns to score a 23-point, 59-36, victory on the road on Friday.

Peabody/Burns held a single point, 15-14 advantage at the end of the first quarter before the Eagles defense held them to just five second quarter points while filling the scorebook with 20 points of their own to give Elyria Christian a commanding 14-point, 34-20 lead heading into halftime.

The second half proved to much the same as the Eagles put up 11 and 14 points in the third and fourth quarters while holding Peabody/Burns to single digits in both at nine and seven to earn the final 23-point win.

“This was a good game for us coming off a tough night Tuesday and not playing very well,” commented Eagle Head Coach Zach Goodrich. “I was very pleased with our attention to detail tonight on the defensive end. I believe if we want any opportunity to advance in the postseason, we are going to have to do it on the defensive side of the ball. All the boys that played tonight were sharp on the fundamentals, good close-outs, walling up, and defending without fouling.”

On offense the Eagles had a solid night shooting, hitting on 49% of their shots from the field, including a good 47% from beyond the three-point line. Defensively, they forced Peabody/Burns into making 21 turnovers while Elyria Christian only turned the ball over nine times themselves.

The Eagles had only five players put points in the scorebook, but three of them hit for double digits as Bret Anderson and Zach Stucky tied for the team high with 17 while Josef Hobson scored 14 points that included four three-pointers. Gage Schneider and Anderson had good night in the paint with 10 and nine rebounds each, while Schneider also came up with two blocked shots and Jackson Stone made four key steals. Though Ben Unruh only scored four points, he did well finding the open shooters as he recorded five assists for the night.

Coach Goodrich finished out his reflections on the game by adding, “Offensively, we were making the right plays against the Peabody/Burns zone. The boys were shooting with confidence and you could tell they were ready to go tonight. Hopefully we will be ready to go the rest of the season. Zach (Stucky) and Bret (Anderson) were steady tonight and doing the things we know they can do. We have a few boys on the team that can step us for us, and tonight those two were spot on, including Josef (Hobson) who was able to see the ball go through the net and it was great to see him get going. Gage (Schneider) continues to clean up the boards, grabbing ten tonight while limiting Peabody/Burns to just one shot. It was a great team effort and we must continue to do the little things. We look forward to improving with just two weeks left in the regular season.”

In the junior varsity boys game Elyria Christian scored another dominating victory by beating Peabody/Burns by 31, 64-33.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE EAGLES? The victory on Friday ups the Elyria Christian season mark to 9-6 for the season. The Eagles will be back in action on Monday when they play host to Little River in a makeup game.


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

EAGLES                        14        20        11        14        = 59

Peabody/Burns            15        5          9          7          = 36

TEAM STATS:              EAGLES            Peabody/Burns

Shooting                      21-43 (49%)     12-39 (31%)

3-Pointers                    7-15 (47%)       4-14 (29%)

Free Throws                10-17 (59%)     8-14 (57%)

Rebounds                    28                    30

Assists                          11                    8

Turnovers                    9                      19

Steals                           12                    1

Blocked Shots              2                      2

Personal Fouls             10                    21

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (59 total points): Zach Stucky – 17; Bret Anderson – 17; Josef Hobson – 14; Jackson Stone – 7; Ben Unruh – 4.

Three-Pointers Made (7): Josef Hobson – 4; Zach Stucky, Ben Unruh, Jackson Stone – 1.

Rebound Leaders: Gage Schneider – 10; Bret Anderson – 10.

Assists Leaders: Ben Unruh – 5; Zach Stucky – 3.

Leader in Steals: Jackson Stone – 4; Zach Stucky, Bret Anderson – 3.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Gage Schneider – 2.

(Post is SPONSORED by CrossDove Writers)

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