STUCKY, UNRUH TOP ELYRIA SCORERS!

By William

LOST SPRINGS – After trailing most of the first half, the Elyria Christian boys’ basketball team came on stronger offensively in the second half to gain a nine-point, 49-40 victory over Centre on the road on Friday.

The Eagles trailed by three, 16-13, at the end of the first quarter but were able to get the deficit down to just one, 23-22 going into the halftime break.

Coming out of the break Elyria Christian out scored Centre 9-4 in the third quarter to take a four-point advantage into the final quarter of play where they then increased their lead to the final margin of nine for the win.

“Centre hit three threes to start the first quarter and Zach (Stucky) made three of his own,” explained Eagles Head Coach Zach Goodrich. “Zach (Stucky) had a great start to the game and was able to keep us in the contest early. Centre is a tough place to play and they have a tendency to play very well at home. We knew that going in, so it was not a surprise they came out shooting the ball very well. I thought we could have been sharper defensively out of the gate, but we did not communicate on a few actions and Centre made us pay.”

As a team the Eagles hit a solid 47% from the field and connected on 44% of their 18 three-pointers, plus they took control of the boards as they outrebounded Centre 35-25.

Zach Stucky and Ben Unruh led the balanced scoring for the Eagles with 12 and 11 points respectively while Jackson Stone and Bret Anderson each hit for eight. Stone and Anderson each gathered in five rebounds with Unruh getting four.

Coach Goodrich passed out some player praises as he continued his post-game reflections by adding, “After halftime I thought we did a better job doing the things we practice and that made a big difference. Ben (Unruh)O made big energy plays in the second half and was able to see the ball go through the next. He seems to like the Centre gym and has played really well there. Gage (Schneider), Jackson (Stone), and Bret (Anderson) did a great job rebounding against a bigger and stronger team throughout the night and we should have not been in the position we were in without their play.”

Looking toward the final week of the season, Coach Goodrich concluded his reflections by saying, “We have this final week of the regular season to square things away before a tough regional assignment. We host Peabody/Burns on Tuesday, and they have been playing well the last two weeks and we will need to be ready to go.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ELYRIA EAGLES? The win raises the Eagles season record to 11-7 as they prep for their final week of the regular season which begins on Tuesday when they play host to Peabody/Burns.

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN EAGLES at Centre

SCORING:        1          2          3          4          FINAL

EAGLES            13        9          9          18        = 49

Centre             16        7          4          13        = 40

TEAM STATS:              EAGLES            Centre

Shooting                      16-34 (47%)     14-38 (37%)

3-Pointers                    8-18 (44%)       6-12 (50%)

Free Throws                9-17 (53%)       6-10 (60%)

Rebounds                    35`                   25

Assists                          12                    9

Turnovers                    15                    12

Steals                           6                      5

Blocked Shots              2                      1

Personal Fouls             11                    19

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (49 total points): Zach Stucky – 12; Ben Unruh – 11; Jackson Stone – 8; Bret Anderson – 8; Gage Schneider – 4; Josef Hobson – 4; Silas Rodenbaugh – 2.

Three-Pointers Made (8): Ben Unruh, Zach Stucky – 3; Josef Hobson, Jackson Stone – 1.

Rebound Leaders: Jackson Stone, Bret Anderson – 5; Ben Unruh – 4.

Assists Leader: Jackson Stone, Kevan Wiggers – 4.

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

Leader in Blocked Shots: Jackson Stone, Gage Schneider – 1.

(Post is SPONSORED by CrossDove Writers)

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