Eagles take sting out of Hornets

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By Steve Jarboe

With leading scorer James Rivers still out of action, nursing a sore ankle, the Bronson Eagles took the sting out of the Lafayette Mayo Hornets on Friday night Dec. 19, and flew to a 73-56 win before a half filled gym in Bronson.

The Eagles took their first lead as the first quarter came to an end 14-12. The Hornets continued to keep pace with the Eagles and trailed by just three points, thanks to a 3-point basket by Antwan Brown as the first half ended with the Eagles leading 27-24.

The Hornets came out in the third quarter and tied the game at 29-29 as they began to sting the Eagles with full court pressure and several easy baskets. Bronson Coach Aaron Haldeman, called a quick time out and the Eagles responded by scoring eight unanswered points to take a quick 37-29 lead at the 4:15 mark of the third quarter.

The Eagles had little trouble working past the pressure and took their biggest lead of the game at 40-31 as C.J. King swished one of his three, 3-point baskets for the game with just over three minutes remaining in the quarter.

The Eagles went on to score 24 points in the third quarter to take a 51-38 lead going into the fourth and final quarter.

As the fourth quarter got underway the Eagles ran their lead to as many as 23 points on two quick baskets by Josh Hamilton, another 3-point basket by King and two lay ups by Kelby Barber.

Hadelman emptied his bench at the four minute mark of the fourth quarter as the Eagles went on for the 73-56 win, pulling their season record to 3-3 and 2-1 in district play.

King and Enrique Wiseman each had 19 points and Barber ended the game with 15 points. Antwan Brown led all players in scoring with 27 points for the Hornets.

In the junior varsity game played earlier the Bronson Eagles used a balanced scoring attack to down the Mayo junior varsity team 51-37. Knight Gonczarow led the Eagles with 11 points, while AJ Graham and Tommy Stacey each had 10 points.