By William

ELBING – A consistent first two quarters powered Berean Academy past the Elyria Christian boys basketball team on Tuesday, giving them a 15-point, 39-24 win.

Berean put up 22 points in the first half while holding Elyria to just eight and while the Eagles played Berean pretty much even in the final two quarters, they were unable to overcome the deficit.

“The last two games we have played were good for us,” explained Eagle Head Coach Zach Goodrich. “Both Little River and Berean Academy are two State caliber teams, and we are learning that we have to be sharp for four quarters against that type of opponent. I feel we have been good for spurts in each contest, but our second quarters have been the most haunting as we have scored a combined seven points in the last two second quarters of play. It is very difficult to find much success when you only put together one quarter in each half. Berean is sound on every level and made us work for each basket, but I do feel the boys are learning to play off the ball in the half court and that is a good place to be.”

Zach Stucky led the Eagles with just six points while Ben Unruh had five and both Dominick Lundberg and Keyan Wiggers pitched in with four. Wiggers did yeoman work in the paint as he grabbed 10 of the teams’ 18 rebounds while also blocking two shots.

Coach Goodrich concluded his reflections on the game by adding, “The hope is we continue to play in these games and learn to put four quarters together. I know our seniors will get us going on the right path and this season still has an opportunity to be a special one. The best part about this early challenge, is we get to play both Little River and Berean Academy again in February before the state playoffs and we should be a much better team by then.”

The loss drops Elyria to 3-2 for the season as they head to Rural Vista on Thursday.

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN at Berean Academy

SCORING:        1          2          3          4          FINAL

EAGLES            6          2          6          10        24

Berean            10        12        8          9          39

TEAM STATS:              EAGLES            Berean

FGM-FGA                    11-31               16-41

3PTM-3PTA                 1-12                 5-10

FTM-FTA                     1-5                   2-4

ASSISTS                       4                      12

REBOUNDS                  18                    19       

TURNOVERS                18                    9

STEALS                        4                      9

BLOCKED SHOTS         2                      2

FOULS                          8                      12


Zach Stucky = 6 points with 2 steals.

Ben Unruh = 5 points with 3 rebounds.

Dominick Lundberg = 4 points.

Keyan Wiggers = 4 points with 10 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.

Kade Aroum = 3 points.

Bret Anderson = 2 points.

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