Last night, the boys' varsity basketball team beat Paulo Freire and became the RVAL champions for the first time in Eagle Hill’s history! This was the outcome they were hoping for all season long. The team’s strong play throughout the year secured home court advantage for the playoffs. With a packed house at the Baglio Center, the team was chomping at the bit to play.
The boys got off to a solid start with lots of energy on both ends of the court. They were able to move the ball and get some easy baskets early but Paulo Freire started a 3-point shooting barrage which continued through much of the first half. Devin P. and Kevin M. kept the ball moving and created turnovers with their tenacious defense while Kendall T. and Griffin M. worked to rebound the ball and limit Paolo Freire’s offensive chances. Robert K. took care of the ball on the offensive end and played the tough middle spot on the press working in unison with his teammates. The first half was a total team effort. Arlington C. came in to help on defense and also provided a much-needed offensive spark with a deep three to help us regain an ever-changing lead. The game was back and forth. Weston S. and George M. helped immensely with points off the bench and tough defense. Kobe P.’s defense kept Paulo Freire off the 3-point line. The torrid first half ended with Eagle Hill down by 4 points
In the second half, Jon D. added a huge offensive boost, while 6’5” Henry S. shut down the middle defensively. Eagle Hill turned up the pressure but missed on some good looks and Paulo Freire capitalized, extending their lead to 8. Eagle Hill elected to move the ball inside and got great looks driving to the hoop rather than settling for the long three-point shots. The scoring came from many different players with Jon D., Devin P., Henry S., and George M. all scoring 8-points apiece. Kevin M. added another 6 to his 8 first-half points, and Kendall T. picked up more points despite battling an illness. Halfway through the second half, Matt S. came in to play strong defense on the perimeter shutting Paolo Freire down from the outside.
The back and forth action continued, with the lead changing hands over and over. With under 4-minutes left in the game, Paulo Freire knocked down a 3 to tie the game 62 -62. After a timeout, Eagle Hill came out pressing, pressuring Paolo Freire into mistakes and capitalized with a 12-0 run of their own. It would be the difference in the game, as the Pioneers held on for a 74-62 victory.
Congratulations to the team for a very well rounded game. Each and every player contributed positively in so many ways. It was a resounding victory for the boys, and perhaps the biggest win in Eagle Hill’s basketball history!