After playing their last game on January 18 against Pueblo West, on Saturday the
Eagles finally hit the court again, facing off with #5 ranked Sand Creek and expanded their winning streak to 6 games with a win over the Scorpions by a score of 68-45. It was a close game going into halftime, but the Eagles pulled away at the beginning of the third quarter and sealed the deal at the end with great team play.
The game started out quick for the Eagles being up 10 at one point. The Scorpions had a few good looks, executing their offense well but they just could not convert. The Eagles eventually went on a 9-4 run causing the Scorpions to talk things over. Valor’s Keegan Wynja was owning the board both offensively and defensively. The Scorpions ended up going on a 9-0 run led by Langston Bell and Garrett Bingham (who had 4 3pointers in the opening half) to end the quarter despite the dunk from Chase Foster that was waved off by officials. The Scorpions leading scorer Dylan Clark was almost nonexistent in the game. Chase Foster led the Eagles on the offensive end. It was a very low scoring and close game throughout the first two period and the game went into intermission tied at 24.
The Eagles came out of the half very strong and quick in the third quarter with two quick And1’s by Paden Mueller and Marcus Wilson. The Eagles came out of the gate strong and never looked back. Foster says the reason for their success in this game was because, “We all bought into what needed to be accomplished and we fulfilled our roles and played together as a team”. The Scorpions never gave up, but without their main scorer doing anything for them, there seemed to be no light for them. It was a cold night shooting for the Air Force commit, Dylan Clark, and the Eagles took advantage of that by playing tough defense and finishing on offense. Christian McCaffrey says, “I think our hard work and preparation during our two weeks off focused us to come out and execute from thestart” which they did.
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