The East Central Boys hosted MLWR on Monday night.
Both teams got off to a slow start. Despite the slow start there was no lack of effort and playmaking on the floor. The Eagles trailed the entire 1st half nearly all of it by double digits, but they certainly felt like they could play better and it quickly showed. Down by over 10 points, both sides of the ball began to find some momentum and broke down their Rebel lead. East Central was helped in a big way by Jacob Dixon's 3 blocks in the first half which forced MLWR to take more shots from outside and the Eagles did a great job of rebounding. Although they were within striking distance of the lead the Rebels quickly turned the lead back out to 11 points at half 36-25.
The start to the 2nd half was all Rebels as the extended their lead out to 17 points. Things looked bleak for the Eagles but a couple timeouts later they regrouped and turned the game around. Once again the defense did a wonderful job of making the Rebels force shots they weren't willing to take, and the offense was patient and moved the ball well before finishing with the ball through the net. East Central fought back and erased the 17 point deficit down to 5. With under 6 minutes left in the game it seemed inevitable that the Eagles were going to tie the game but the Rebels quickly put that to rest as the managed to end the game on a 14-7 scoring run which put the game out of reach. The Eagles would fall 67-55, which doesn't tell you how close this game truly was.
The loss drops the Eagles down to 7-6 but they have a quick turnaround as they host Mille Lacs tonight.
Jacob Dixon 26
Xavior LeTexier and Ben Carlin 10
Warren Carlson 5
Thomas Kam and Dylan Lundberg 2