Friday night proved to be exactly what Eagles Boy’s Basketball fans had anticipated going into the 2011-12 season. After appearing to be stuck in the mud in their first two games of the season scoring only 57 points in their victory over South Christian and 55 in a 4 overtime loss to Rockford last Tuesday, the Eagles were finally able to get out of their scoring rut and let loose against the Lowell Red Arrows.
It was about time. The Eagles, who feature one of the most athletic and dynamic offensive teams in not only West Michigan but probably state-wide, finally shook off the cob-webs and put together a 31 point victory.
A victory which effectively saw 14 different Eagles score a point. A victory that left many fans breathing a sigh of relief as they gazed to the scoreboard to view a 92 point outburst for their Eagles.
With the win the Eagles are now 2-1 while the Red Arrows dropped to 0-3.
The Eagles were able to inflict their will early and often on the Red Arrows as they pressed their way to a 25-12 lead after 1 quarter. The second quarter brought much of the same for the Eagles as they flexed their offensive muscles for the first time this season scoring a total of 47 points in the first half with Lowell scoring a modest 26.
With 3 quarters in the books the Eagles had recorded a remarkable 76 points which led to the murmuring of fans as they wondered if they could reach the century mark. The Eagles recorded 29 more points in the third quarter and held a 76-40 lead entering the 4th.
Much to the dismay of Eagles fans, the Red Arrows, for the first time all game, were able to hold the Eagles to under 20 points in a quarter effectively putting a halt on the Eagles hopes of reaching 100. The Eagles put up 16 in the 4th as they coasted to a 92-61 victory.
As stated earlier, an astounding feat was achieved by the Eagles. A total of 14 Eagles were able to cement a spot in the scoring book with at least one point. To go along with this, the Eagles were able to achieve another remarkable stat. The Eagles sank a scintillating eleven 3-point baskets, a feat that would have made even Dick Vitale go bananas.
Sophomore Drake Harris was held to 6 points on the night as the Red Arrows focused their efforts on stopping him. This proved to be a valuable learning point for the rest of the team as the season moves forward. Many teams will try to take Drake out of the game, it will be up to the likes of Hoekstra, Frazier, Scott, Crow, and the other Eagles to step up and carry the load when teams are able to shut down Harris. Friday night, they carried it to perfection.
Kurt Hoekstra led the scoring bonanza with 13 points, and Darohn Scott, thanks in part to a couple tenacious slam dunks, poured in 11 more.
The rest of the Eagles scoring was impressive to say the least; Justin Crow (10 pts), Austin Heemskerk (9 pts.), Joel Zwiers and Michael Spicer (8 pts.), Drake Harris and Wuoi Mach (6 pts.), Kavon Frazier, Jordan Daley, David Pluymert and Nate Mitogo all finished with 4 points and Jeiel Burrell wrapped up the scoring spree by adding 3 points of his own.
Let’s hope the Eagles can continue their offensive flurry over the Christmas break. The Eagles won’t be in action again until the 27th when they will face the Hudsonville Eagles at Cornerstone University.
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For the second game in a row, Coach Tom Buteyn watched and even cracked a smile as his Lady Eagles stormed out of the gates with tenacious defense. Not only did the Eagles hold the Red Arrows to a total of 7 first half points, but the offense was able to take advantage of turn overs as well as knocking down big shots as they took a 21-7 lead into halftime.
The Eagles took the lead and never looked back as they cruised to their second victory in a row, beating the Red Arrows by a score of 44-33.
Tyra Smith again paced the Eagles tallying 14 points on the night, Paris Madison chipped in with 11. Rachel Lubben also added 7 and six other Eagles finished with 2.
The Eagles are now 2-3 and will travel to Forest Hills Northern TONIGHT as they look to win their third game in a row. More importantly, for Coach Buteyn, the Eagles will look to continue to build their confidence level and get to the .500 mark before Christmas.