Eagles blowout Braves
The New York Mills boys basketball team kept their winning streak going and did it in convincing fashion thumping Menahga, 90-60.
Head Coach Bryan Dunrud gave his starters a rest with over five minutes remaining to the mild chagrin of players with memories to last year.
The two teams split two games last year, but the latter game at Menahga got away from the Eagles ending in an 89-49 Braves blowout.
The Braves were less than cordial and some of the Eagles were ready for paybacks.
"We didn't want to come out in the last six minutes, but you have to play with class," Isaiah Bauck said.
Bauck scored 21 points, including his 1,000th career point in the victory.
The Eagles controlled the game from the opening tip.
Bauck was hot early, along with Adam Snelgrove and Spencer Imsande, but the Braves held tight to a 16-all tie midway through the first half.
That's when Bauck started an offensive push. The Eagles were coasting by halftime.
Bauck had four points early, when Coach Dunrud pulled him for a typical rest at the 11-minute mark. Bauck was on the bench with 999 career points and anticipation was in the air.
Upon returning, he got a pass on the baseline and drove the hoop sinking a tough lay-up and a foul shot.
Bauck received a standing ovation from the crowd, was presented with the game ball and then got back to scoring.
With help from Imsande and a bucket from Tristan Huwe the Eagle lead stretched to eight at 29-21.
Bauck was playing like a man possessed and it infected his teammates. Loose balls seemed to find Eagle players and eluded the Braves.
NY Mills took an 11-point lead into the break.
Bauck led all scorers at halftime with 15 points.
The teams traded buckets to start the back half of the game but the Eagles remained hot from the field quickly padding their lead.
Tanner Wegscheid scored on a nice drive to the hoop and the blowout was on, 56-39, with over 13 minutes remaining.
Frank Peeters put an exclamation point on the win head faking a Menahga defender off his feet and right on to Peeters' back. Peeters made a circus shot and got the foul for his cab fare on the way up to the hoop. The Eagle bench and the crowd erupted.
Imsande was a monster on the boards at both ends of the floor. He was a magnet to missed shots.
Bryce Pazdernik drained a three-pointer as a solid coffin nail blowing the NY Mills' lead to 72-43 with over nine minutes still remaining.
The Eagles were clicking on all cylinders and even the bench players got into the act cleaning up the win.
A couple missed charging calls had gone against the Eagles early in the ball game. It seemed an impossible call to get out of the referees' whistles.
That is, until Cody Clarksean was sent to the floor hard. The charge call was the final word in a big statement made Thursday night.
The Eagle bench applauded Clarksean's efforts with big grins and they all rose to their feet.
Snelgrove led all scorers with 25 points to top Bauck's 21 on his big night. Imsande added 16 points. Huwe scored eight. In all, 10 Eagles got on the scoresheet.
The victory was the sixth straight for the Eagles who improve to 3-3 in the conference, 5-1 in the section and 8-4 overall.
The 90 points scored was the highest output for the Eagles since a 2008, 95-88, section playoff victory over Waubun.