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.
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.