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2018-02-07 / Sports

Indians vs. Eagles: Tale of Two Halves

The Newberry Indian men met up with rivals the Engadine Eagle men Monday night at the J.L. DeCook gym in Newberry.

Varsity

Three different Eagles made three different threepoint plays in the first quarter, which led to a five-point Eagle advantage, 15—10, when it ended.

Engadine’s offensive machine stalled in the second quarter as the Eagles began to miss shots and rebounds, while Newberry’s picked up. A Blake Jordan deuce gave the Indians the lead for the first time with 4:19 to play in the second quarter. A pair of back-to-back treys by Jackson McCudden put the Indians up 24—17 with 1:42 remaining. When the first half ended, Newberry held a five-point lead, 27— 22.

The trend reversed in the second half as Engadine came out with a full-court press and disrupted the Indians’ timing.

A pair of foul shots by Eagle Jonah Miller with 2:44 to go in the third quarter established an Eagle lead, which they never gave up despite Newberry’s full efforts. At the end of the third the Eagles held a 10- point lead at 45—35.

Engadine never let up with its press in the fourth quarter. The Indians continued to fight, but ultimately lost 65—45.

Jaylen James paced the Indians with 15 points. Blake Jordan contributed seven, Matt Berry and Mc- Cudden six each, Ethan Edward five and Andre James, James Abram and Devin Carson two apiece.

Andrew Blanchard scored 19 for the Eagles. Scout Bigger had 13, Hugh Bigelow 11, Drake DeWyse eight, Ian McArthur six and Max Butkovich and Miller two each.

Junior Varsity

The Indians and the Eagles battled to an eight-point tie by the end of the first quarter.

Engadine caught fire in the second quarter, leading to a 29—15 advantage.

The Newberry team put out the Eagles’ fire in the third quarter and burst into flame themselves with a 13 - 3 production, trailing Engadine by only four points at 32—28 by the start of the final eight minutes.

The momentum stayed in Newberry’s corner until the last three minutes of the game. The Indians held a 44—38 lead at that time, but a Kyle Gould triple started the Eagles’ comeback. They closed to within two points with just 17 seconds remaining .

Austin Troop then connected with a pair from the line and Logan Depew put the icing on the cake with a steal and a deuce to finish the game with Newberry on top 51—44.

Luke Jordan led Newberry with 20 points. Troop scored nine, Carter Smithson and Depew eight each, Lucas Martin four and Tristian Skidmore two.

Hunter Sapp led the Eagles with 13 points. Gould had nine, Charlie Snider eight and Andrew Legault and Nick Nance with seven each.

On Deck

The Indians travel to Rudyard this Friday, February 9 and then to Pickford Wednesday, February 14.

The Eagles go to Pickford this Friday, followed by Manistique Tuesday, February 13.

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