Prep Hoops: Technical fouls halt valiant comeback for winless East
Rarely this season has the East Davidson boys been in contention to win a game. Tuesday night at home against Central Davidson, they had stormed back from an 18-point deficit to trail by four with four minutes left.
Head coach Matt Jacobs can take it from here.
“Then the crazy coach gets a technical,” he said after the Spartans ran off to win 69-52. “It wasn't a bad techincal. Y'all have seen real technicals. Anyway, I should not have done that. My bad. But the kids still got a stop and we had a chance. I couldn't be prouder.”
Central maintained its 18-point lead through five minutes of the third quarter, but a steady, hard-fought 12-2 run to quarter's end by the Golden Eagles had it down to 47-39.
Landon King buried a 3-pointer to open the fourth, but two buckets by the Eagles narrowed the gap a bit more. Central would lead by nine again, but Cody Bowers made a pair of free throws and Nathan Campell sank a huge 3 that had East within four at 54-50.
“We have had our brains beat in several times this year, and I am sure everybody thought that was about to happen again once they got it to 18,” said Jacobs. “We were able to start the second half really well and we just kept coming.
It all began to unravel for East a few seconds later.
Jacobs was hit with a technical arguing a foul called against his team that resulted in three points on four attempts at the charity stripe. The Eagles did get a stop, but promptly turned the ball over. Exactly a minute after the Jacobs technical, the officiating crew slapped a technical on Bowers.
Central had all the breathing room it needed, finishing the game on a 15-2 run that started when Jacobs was T'd up.
Despite its eighth straight negative result to begin the year, Jacobs was pleased with the response his team gave to even make it a game again.
“You look them in the face and they are still ready to go and do whatever you ask them,” Jacobs said. “I just said we need to fight every possession. There is no reason we cannot get back in it. Our faith in each other has never wavered. When you are playing a team better than you are and are within four with four minutes to go, you cannot ask for more.”
Bowers had a strong game for East (0-8) finishing with 19 points. Jordan Lakey also posted 19 points for the 3-3 Spartans.
East girls destroy Spartans
While the boys game remained in doubt up until the final four minutes, the Lady Eagles put away the Spartans in the first half and cruised 71-17.
Central trailed 5-2 in the early going, but scored only four more points the remainder of the first half. Meanwhile, East went on a 10-2 run to close the first quarter.
Scoring the first 16 points of the second quarter, East was up 31-4 with half a quarter still left until the break. Melissa McMath scored the only Spartan bucket in the frame, but a 10-0 East run followed to bring the halftime score to 41-6.
Bayley Plummer recorded her first triple-double of the season with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. Madi Hallman scored a game-high 15 points while Lori Morgan added 10. McMath had nine of the 17 CDHS points.
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