The Troy Christian Eagles lost 50-34 to Metro Buckeye Conference foe the Yellow Springs Bulldogs Friday night.
The Eagles are now 6-4 and 8-11 overall on the season.
Eagles head coach Ray Zawadzki talks about his team’s effort.
“I really thought our kids came out and competed. We executed a game plan to what I thought was about 85% perfection, it’s that 15% when you play a great team like Yellow Springs their going to take advantage of you.”
In the first quarter, the Eagles were off to a good start until the Bulldogs were able to surge a six point run, leaving the trailing at the end of the first 13-9.
Going into the second quarter, the Bulldogs continued to put up points on the scoreboard and take a 21-11 lead midway through the quarter.
With rebounding contributions from Eagles big man James Anderson and scoring from Chase Hayden and Jacob Brown, the Eagles were only down 20-18.
While in transition, the Eagles committed a costly over and back that could’ve potentially tied the game.
The Bulldogs closed out the quarter on a 5-0 run and led going into halftime 25-18.
Coming out of halftime, the Eagles cut the deficit to 25-23 but the Bulldogs shot lights outs from the three-point line, making three consecutive baskets.
The Bulldogs remained in command 39-27.
In the final quarter, the Bulldogs became more aggressive on both sides of ball.
The Eagles miscues on offense and defense prevented them from any chance of a comeback.
The Bulldogs mounted a 19-point lead at one point and that deficit was too much to overcome as the Eagles go on to lose 50-34.
With this win, the Bulldogs won the Metro Buckeye Conference with a conference record of 11-0.
Coach Zawadzki speaks the miscues and how his team tried to bounce back.
“It hit a certain level where we know when it got to nine the game plan was going to be hard to overcome a nine point deficit. We made a change and we just tried to get more aggressive offensively but that’s not what’s best suited for this group of men.”
Zawadzki went on to say, “We tried to pick up the tempo and speed but really we played into their hand and it ended up costing us.”
Chase Hayden led the Eagles in scoring with 13 points and James Anderson contributed five points and seven rebounds.
The Eagles will play Middletown Christian at home on Friday.