A big win for Eagles on a truly emotional night

Jake Darland drives in strong to the rim for some of his 11 points versus West Bend-Mallard. The junior also had 11 rebounds to go with it for a nice night’s work in the win. Photo by Les Houser

It seemed that they were doing it as much for Kris Purcell as for themselves. In an already special night of honoring cancer survivors and people lost to cancer, Austin & Allison’s mom took center stage in the players thoughts after they each presented her with a long stem rose prior to the tip-off of their game against West Bend-Mallard. It was an emotional and touching moment. Then they went out and played it for her in also presenting Kris with a 45-29 drubbing of the Wolverines. What a way to end it!

The Eagles started well early, with Austin bombing away from three-point land twice as Kris enjoyed the moment. Fancisco Gonzalez took a steal and scored on a driving layup for a 17-7 Eagle lead. It was then Jake Darland’s turn, as he drives down the right side of the lane for one of his three first-half buckets to make it 19-9. Meanwhile, the Wolverines struggled to keep pace with the high flying Eagles. After racing to a 12-5 lead after a quarter of play, the teams entered the break at 22-14 Eagles.

Chase Mason kept a hot shooting hand going in the second half to get a basket in close for a 24-16 lead, part of his team-leading 13 point total. However, after that it soon became a problem as turnovers, missed free throws and missed layups started to plague our beloved Eagles. The only thing saving them was the fact that WB-M was ice cold themselves and not able to take advantage in closing the gap. Not to be deterred, the Eagles showed patience in working the ball around to find a shot. Unfortunately, they just were not falling like before. Late in the quarter, Ben Olson hit a huge trey from about a foot beyond the arc. That seemed to turn the tide a bit as the quarter ended.

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