If you don’t like the heat, to make a basketball twist on an old axiom, you’d better stay out of the way of the Eagles defense.

Sam Stichnote scores two of his 20 points on Thursday in the win over Battle High.

Sam Stichnote scores two of his 20 points on Thursday in the win over Battle High.

The SoBoCo Eagles boys basketball team stayed unbeaten at 5-0 on Friday night as they defeated Fatima 72-59 in Westphalia.

It was the second night in a row the Eagles were tested, having defeated Class 5 Battle on Thursday 68-62.

If the Eagles weren’t convinced they have a target on their back with a No. 3 state ranking, they became fully aware at Fatima.

“It was a district-like atmosphere,” said Eagles coach Andy Jahnsen. “We got a big lead and let them back in it and their crowd was going crazy.”

The Eagles led 39-37 at halftime, but the Comets hit outside jumpers on a hot shooting night and climbed back into a 47-43 lead early in the third quarter. The two teams were tied 47-47 at the end of the third period.

But a 14-2 run early in the fourth period killed any threat of a Comets upset.

Spencer Taggart and Maguire Scheer supplied a pair of steals each which led  to points during the run. “The Battle win took some of our energy in the middle of the Fatima game,” Jahnsen said, “but I wasn’t worried because these guys don’t panic. They caught us in the second half, but we have the maturity to handle that. This group can break open close games – or win close games.”

The Eagles defense blistered the Comets with 25 steals, however, they also left too many Fatima shooters open for 3-pointers and the Comets hit 10-of-14 from three-land.

Scheer led the Eagles with 20 points, Taggart had 15, Zane Safely had 14 and Sam Stichnote scored 11 with Garrett Goodnight scoring 10.