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2019-02-06 / Sports

Eagle Men Bag Big Bay Bears, Toppled by Trojans

The Engadine men jumped all over the Big Bay de Noc Black Bears Tuesday, January 29 at the Bear Den as they opened the game with a 22— 5 first quarter.

Things slowed down for the Eagles in the second quarter, when they scored only nine points, but allowed just six for a 31—11 halftime score.

The Eagles regrouped in the second half as they went on a 45 - 24 rampage, winning the game 76—35.

“We played hard tonight and had the opportunity to focus a bit on player development, which has been a bit more challenging, as it seems every game has been a true battle this year,” said Eagle coach Walter Hanson.

“Hunter Sapp provided a huge game for us. He had a double-double and seemed like he was everywhere. As an undersized big man, we put him down low and he really blossomed this game.

“Senior Charlie Grant also hit two threes, played very tough defensively and snagged some key rebounds. Andrew Legault had some fantastic assists that were right on the money. Caleb Gehrett did a great job defensively as well.

“The whole bench, I thought, played really well. This was invaluable experience for them all. Andrew Blanchard did score his 1,000th point. Very few boys at Engadine were ever able to accomplish such a feat.”

Hunter (HOSS) Sapp led the Engadine team in scoring 16 points. Blanchard chipped in 13, Ian McArthur and Charlie Grant eight each, Kyle Gould seven, Hunter Dennis and Legault six each, Charlie Snider five, Jonah Miller four and Gehrett three.

LaLonde and Thill each scored 13 for the Black Bears. Johnson had three and Sundling, Harvey and Chaperon two apiece.

Cedarville Trojans

The Trojans came to play at the Eagle’s Nest this past Friday, February 1. Back in December the Engadine squad defeated the Trojans in Cedarville 70—66, and the Trojans were looking to get even. They accomplished that, spoiling Engadine’s annual winter homecoming 80—54.

The first quarter set the stage for the rest of the game. Trojan three-point buckets gave them the lead at the end of the first quarter, 19—15, but the damage was done in the first four minutes of the second quarter when Cedarville went on a 16 - 2 run and closed out the first half ahead 48—33.

Any hopes of a comeback were dashed in the opening minutes of the third quarter, when Cedarville scored 14 straight points and led 70—37 by the start of the final quarter .

“The game was a rough one,” stated coach Hanson. “Cedarville game prepared and we didn’t respond well. We’ll rebound, though, and we’ll be a better team for it.

“Every team needs tests like these throughout the year. We’ll refocus and get ready for our final push into the playoffs.”

Andrew Blanchard scored nine of 11 from the line to lead the Eagles with 20 points. Drake DeWyse contributed nine, Kyle Gould eight, Hunter Dennis seven, Hunter Saap four and Ian McArthur and Charlie Grant three each.

Cedarville nailed 10 threepoint shots during the game. Tristan Masuga led the Trojans with 18 points. Chase Fisher had 13, Pat O’Brien and Thomas Bohn 12 each, Jarron Masuga 11, Josh Goodwell eight, Trey Paquin five and Brandon Lawson two.

Engadine’s Junior Varsity lost to Cedarville 58—46. The Trojans led 52—24 at the start of the fourth quarter, but Engadine suddenly went on a scoring rampage. With 18 straight points, however, Cedarville closed out the game from the line.

Matthias Miller led the Eagle JVs with 15 points. Wyatt Flatt added 13, R.J. Bigelow seven and Dustin Hanselman two.

(No Big Bay JV stats.)

On Deck

The Eagles travel to DeTour Friday, February 8 and then to Manistique February 12.

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