CHURUBUSCO — The Churubusco Eagles proved they could fly higher than Hornets Friday night against Angola 59-47.
Though the Hornets are winless (0-10), they put up a fight against ’Busco — who didn’t pull away until the second half.
“It’s scary to play someone who hasn’t won,” Churubusco head coach Michael McBride said. “They want to get that win.
“They’ve played some really quality people.”
The Eagles came out to a shaky start with Angola’s high pressure defense double-teaming ’Busco’s high scoring Tyler Arrowsmith.
“We knew coming in that we had to stop Arrowsmith inside,” Angola head coach Greg Homes said.
But Arrowsmith still reached double digits, scoring a team-high 18 points.
“He had 18 points, but he didn’t have 32 points,” Homes said. “He’s (Arrowsmith) done a very nice job all year.”
With the score close at 13-11, ’Busco had possession in the final seconds of the first quarter.
Josh LeFever executed coach McBride’s play perfectly, with an easy shot in the paint at the buzzer.
LeFever stepped up for ’Busco chipping in 16 points.
It was nearly at the end of the second quarter when the Eagles ran the exact same play in the final seconds.
Only this time LeFever missed and Arrowsmith tipped the ball in at the buzzer, giving ’Busco a 27-26 lead at the end of the half.
“We really want to make sure we can maximize our possession at the end of the quarter,” McBride said. “That one possession can be worth 4, 5, 6 points.”
The Eagles carried their momentum back out of the locker room, where they extended their lead to 14 in the third quarter.
“Third quarter we really picked up the tempo,” McBride said.
Defensively, the Eagles kicked off the quarter with a high intensity press that shook up the Hornet offense.
“When they pressed, some things didn’t go our way,” Homes said. “We had some turnovers, we took shots we didn’t want to take, made some silly fouls. We lost focus.” Homes said.
Arrowsmith helped spark ’Busco with two of his three blocks in the third quarter.
But it was senior Jordan Turner who lit up the offensive end, scoring two consecutive three-pointers.
“Turner was really key for us in the third quarter,” McBride said. “That really got us going.”
The Eagles held their lead through the fourth quarter and junior Chris Jones finished scoring on a free throw with 0.2 seconds remaining.
“We had a lot of good ball movement, a lot of good cuts, and a lot of help from all of our players,” McBride said.
The win improves ’Busco’s conference record to 4-1, continuing their second-place spot in the Northeast Corner Conference.
“Kudos to ’Busco, I think they’re the second best team behind Westview in the conference,” Homes said.