Boys Notch First League Win; Play At Sandy Tonight

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Christian Roberts

Jimmie Barton dives down the court in an attempt to win the game. The Eagles play at Sandy High School tonight.

Mauricio Lemus-Vargas, Staff Writer

Tonight the 2-12 Eagles play the 9-5 Sandy Pioneers in the first game of the boys-girls double header at Sandy High School.

Centennial played the Reynolds Raiders on Tuesday night, the Eagles ended up winning their second game of the season and their first league game, 53-47.

“(It) feels good. We shared the ball well; we were missing in the first half but in the second half we knocked down 3’s,” said Head Coach John Poetsch.

Guard Nathyn Caro shot 5-8 from 3. Guard Tommy Anderson dropped 15, and forward Jaylen Calvert added 10.

“To try to achieve success we need our players to practice hard, be coachable, work on ball security and focusing on executing our offense,” says Poetsch.

Centennial played David Douglas on January 11; the game ended in a 74-49 loss for the Eagles.

“They were more physical (than us). We dug ourselves a hole early,” says Poetsch. “We didn’t control the tempo (of the game) how we wanted to and we didn’t finish well at the rim,” he adds.

“We gave up a lot every quarter (not just in the fourth), we only have about eight or so on the roster; they play a lot of minutes,” says Poetsch.

The Eagles lost 84-63 to Clackamas on January 8 even though they shot 73% on 2 point t attempts in the game.“We’ve had a difficult schedule, we’re playing teams that are likely (to) make the playoffs,” says Poetsch.

Before the Reynolds game, the Eagles gave up an average of 28 points in the 4th quarter.

The Eagles played the Barlow Bruins in their first league game of the season on January 4 and lost 102-52.

“We didn’t stick to our game plan. They had more bodies, depth and better shooting. We were supposed to limit their possessions. We didn’t. We didn’t slow their game down, we sped it up,” said Poetsch.

“We’re working on improving our defense and limiting turnovers,” says Poetsch. The Bruins shot 77% in the second half against the Eagles.

“We’re only about halfway through the season. There’s a lot to go. In games teams often play bad (in the first half) but then bounce back. A season is the same way, we have to learn to bounce back,” says Poetsch.