Both Eagles basketball teams whomped hard on the Cove Leopards, who barely escaped with their lives during a Dec. 15 matchup at Joseph. The Eagles girls toasted the Leopards 49-28 in a game that included junior varsity players getting plenty of floor time as the defenseless Leopards could do little to stop the Eagles onslaught. The end of the game seemed more a mercy than a victory. No game stats or comments on the game were given to the Chieftain in time for publication.
The boys performed equally well as they beat the spots off the luckless Leopards, 61-27. The Leopards kept it interesting in the first few minutes, but quickly lost any semblance of control midway through the first quarter.
The Eagles fast-paced game and merciless press forced numerous turnovers. Senior Caevan Murray proved a huge force on the floor, dominating both offensively inside and out while snatching a number of offensive rebounds from the Leopards, who looked dazed when they did have possession of the ball.
Murray led the scoring with 15 while Tyler Homan followed with 10 in the net.
“Pretty much everybody scored,” said coach Olan Fulfer.
Both teams fell victim to razor-edge losses at Powder Valley the following day.
The Joseph boys and girls played stellar ball throughout, with the girls nearly knocking off the top-ranked Badgers, coming out on the bottom end of a 46-44 score. The boys came up just short in a 79-76 overtime shootout that saw nearly all the starters fouling out.
The lady Eagles played tough on both sides of the court in their loss to the Badgers. No comments or game stats were made available to the Chieftain in time for this week’s publication.
The weekend left the ladies with a 1-1 record in league play and 5-1 overall. They next play Dufur on Dec. 28.
The Eagle men were short two key players who were benched for disciplinary reasons. Nonetheless, the amazing Murray once again exerted his court dominance with a 26-point performance of his own, including a three-pointer at the regulation buzzer to send the game into overtime.
“Powder Valley is the toughest game in the state for our kids to play,” Fulfer said. “They have a rowdy crowd and a small court. When they’re pressing us, it’s tough because the crowd is right at the sidelines.”
Next to Murray’s 26 points, Homan cleaned up with 17 and Jean Luc Palma nailed 13.
The game left the Eagles 1-1 in Old Oregon League play and 4-2 overall. They next play at Country Christian on Dec. 29.