Men's Basketball News & Highlights
November 23, 2013
Eagles Overtake Chargers Down The Stretch
The Eastern Eagles trailed for much of the game's first 29 minutes, but some critical bench play helped them take the lead for good with 11 minutes remaining.
Eastern freshmen Shaquan Turk and Austin Carroll both provided a much-needed spark off the bench. They led the Eagles with 20 points and 14 points, respectively. Carroll's layup with 11:02 left in the game helped the Eagles climb out of a six-point second-half deficit and regain the lead for the rest of the game.
The Eagles scored 43 of their 68 points off the bench. Eagles' head coach Nate Stewart commented that one of things he loves about his team this year is its depth. "We only have 12 guys, but they're very good," he said. "Our depth became very important, especially after Thursday's game. Malcolm (Garrison) and Anthony (Parenti) got into some foul trouble early, but Shaquan (Turk) and Austin (Carroll) stepped in and hit some big shots."
Stewart said that Turk and Carroll provided defensive intensity and did a good job of getting to the basket, helping the Eagles create scoring opportunities when they weren't shooting particularly well. The Eagles shot just 38.7 percent in the first half, but responded by shooting 48.3 percent in the second half.
The Eagles dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Chargers 46-20. Eastern collected 21 offensive rebounds and held Lancaster Bible to just two offensive boards. "Rebounding was huge for us today," Stewart said. "It extended possessions and helped us manufacture points."
Forward Caleb Knudsen had a team best nine rebounds, four offensive. Ben Connor, Shaquan Turk and Austin Carroll each had four offensive rebounds as well.
Eastern trailed by six points with 13:42 to go, but went on an 18-2 run over the next three minutes and 45 seconds. Carroll capped off the run with a 3-pointer that put Eastern up 53-43 with 8:57 remaining. Lancaster Bible pulled within four points with 4:00 left, but Eastern made it a three-possession game with a free throw by Jimmie Willis with 2:15 left to play. Lancaster Bible's Jordan Mellinger responded with a 3-pointer, but Eastern's Anthony Parenti came back down the court with a trey of his own. LBCs Albert Suniga made it a two-possession game again with another 3-pointer at 1:27, but Turk's layup at 1:00 put Eastern up by eight points, 65-57. The Eagles held on for the 68-59 victory.
Last season, the Eagles defeated the Chargers by 18 points and forced 30 LBC turnovers. Coach Stewart said that LBC was a much quicker and much better team this season. They were led in scoring today by Suniga (17 points) and Mellinger (10 points); neither played against Eastern last season.
The Eagles improved to 2-1. They will play at McDaniel College at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1.
Updated: Saturday, 23 November 2013