By William

ELYRIA – It was a solid defensive performance by the Elyria Christian boys’ basketball team in their first game of the Class 1A regionals on Monday at home as they took down Solomon 41-27.

The Eagles held a slim three-point lead, 11-8 at the end of the first quarter before pushing the advantage to 12 points at 23-11 heading into the halftime break.

In the final two quarters the Eagles outscored Solomon 18-16 to earn the final 14-point victory.

“I was a little worried because Monday games have not always been our best outings,” noted Elyria Christian Head Coach Zach Goodrich. “There were some jitters, knowing this could be their last game if we did not play well. We were solid defensively throughout the game, but offensively we got a little eager early in our first couple of possessions and did not always work the ball for the best shot. Once we saw the ball go in, we started to gain some confidence and finding the right shots.”

The Eagle defense held Solomon to just 20% completion of their shots from the field and zero-for-eight from beyond the three-point line.

For the Eagles, Josef Hobson had a career game as hit connected on four three-pointers on his way to scoring a game high 16 points while also pulling down six rebounds and making two steals. Bret Anderson joined Hobson in double digits with 10 while leading the team in the paint with seven rebounds. Anderson also dished out a team high three assists and three steals. Jackson Stone chipped in with eight points while also blocking two shots.

Coach Goodrich talked about his players as he continued his reflections on the game, adding, “Josef (Hobson) was fantastic from behind the arc tonight and is finding his shot at the right time of the season. He did a good job of defending some of Solomon’s better outside shooters as well. Bret (Anderson) and Jackson (Stone) both had solid nights offensively as they were able to find openings against the Solomon zone. It was a team effort defensively overall, and I thought we got back to doing some of the things that have made us successful throughout the season.”

Coach Goodrich concluded his reflections by looking ahead to the regional semi-finals on Thursday, saying, “We have a tough challenge ahead of us Thursday against a talented Goessel team who plays really well at home. We will take the next two days of practice to improve and hopefully be ready to go.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ELYRIA CHRISTIAN EAGLES? The win gives the Eagles a 14-7 mark for the season as they now prep for the regional’s semi=finals on Thursday with Goessel.


SCORING:        1          2          3          4          FINAL

Solomon          8          3          8          8          = 27

EAGLES            11        12        10        8          = 41

TEAM STATS:              Solomon          EAGLES

Shooting                      8-40 (20%)       17-41 (41%)

3-Pointers                    0-8 (0%)           5-18 (28%)

Free Throws                11-14 (79%)     2-6 (33%)

Rebounds                    30                    32

Assists                          5                      9

Turnovers                    15                    16

Steals                           6                      9

Blocked Shots              3                      3

Personal Fouls             13                    13

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (41 total points): Josef Hobson – 16; Bret Anderson – 10; Jackson Stone – 8; Ben Unruh – 3; Zach Stucky – 2; Gage Schneider – 2.

3-Pointers Made (5): Josef Hobson – 4; Ben Unruh – 1.

Rebound Leaders: Bret Anderson – 7; Josef Hobson – 6; Gage Schneider – 5; Ben Unruh, Jackson Stone – 4.

Assists Leader: Bret Anderson – 3; Ben Unruh – 2.

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

Leader in Blocked Shots: Jackson Stone – 2; Gage Schneider – 1.

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