By William

ELYRIA – It was about as consistent as you can get on Friday evening as the Elyria Christian boys basketball team scored the same number of points in all four quarters on their way to close out the 2019-20 regular season with a 19-point, 60-41 home court victory over Marion.

The Eagles scored 15 points in all four quarters which gave them a 15-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter, a five-point 30-25 lead going into the halftime break and then a nine-point, 45-36 lead at the end of three before shutting down the Marion offense in the fourth and gaining the final 19-point win.

“I thought we were okay for most of the night,” noted Eagle Head Coach Zach Goodrich during his post-game reflections. “We did not do a good job taking care of the ball. Thought we were careless a few possessions and could have been sharper in the half court. We did have four players in double figures and that was good to see as we prepare for the postseason.”

As a team, the Eagles shot a blistering 55% from the field for the night and when you combine that with having a 34-23 advantage in rebounding, they were able to get the victory despite turning the ball over 28 times. Another bright spot for the Eagles offensive attack was the fact they dished out 15 assists on 21 made shots from the field, led by Ben Unruh with seven.

Kaden Aroum had a career night shooting as he hit five three-pointers in leading the Eagles in scoring with 15. Josef Hobson and Gage Schneider each chipped in with 14 while Jackson Stone put 11 in the scorebook. Schneider, Stone and Kevan Wiggers led the team in the paint with each pulling down six rebounds.

Coach Goodrich continued his reflections by saying, “Kaden (Aroum) had a big night from long range and his shooting effort really helped us extend our lead against a solid team from Marion. Gage (Schneider) and Josef (Hobson) were efficient from the field and were confident with the ball on the offensive end.”

Looking toward the Class 1A regionals, Coach Goodrich concluded his reflections by pointing out, “We have a tough road ahead of us with Regionals starting next week. We will host Solomon on Monday and hopefully can put another solid game together.”

The Elyria boys made it a clean sweep of Marion as they also won the junior varsity game 29-6.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ELYRIA CHRISTIAN EAGLES? With their victory the Eagles close out the 2019-20 regular season with a respectable 13-7 mark as they now prep to go into the state Class 1A regionals as the number three seed and will play Solomon at home on Monday. If they win on Monday, they will then play Goessel on Thursday.


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

Marion                        9          16        11        5          = 41

ELYRIA EAGLES            15        15        15        15        = 60

TEAM STATS:              Marion            ELYRIA EAGLES

Shooting                      16-50 (32%)     21-38 (55%)

3-Pointers                    4-19 (21%)       10-22 (45%)

Free Throws                5-11 (45%)       8-11 (73%)

Rebounds                    23                    34

Assists                          9                      15

Turnovers                    17                    28

Steals                           7                      12

Blocked Shots              3                      1

Personal Fouls             14                    12

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (60 total points): Kaden Aroum – 15; Josef Hobson – 14; Gage Schneider – 14; Jackson Stone – 11; Bret Anderson – 6.

Three-Pointers Made (10): Kaden Aroum – 5; Josef Hobson – 4; Jackson Stone – 1.

Rebound Leaders: Gage Schneider, Kevan Wiggers, Jackson Stone – 6; Bret Anderson, Silas Redenbaugh – 5.

Assists Leaders: Ben Unruh – 7; Jackson Stone, Bret Anderson – 3.

Leader in Steals: Ben Unruh, Jackson Stone – 3.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Jackson Stone – 1.

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