Tricounty News

EV-W boys’ basketball suffers first loss

The Eagles faced a worthy opponent in Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta, Thursday night, as they suffered their first loss, 49-34. Morris started out hot and never looked back, holding a 12-point first-half advantage. Tigers’ senior center Austin Dierks poured in 17 points, to lead all scorers, while sophomore guard Bret Mattice led the Eagles with 16. The Eagles move to 3-1, with wins over Osakis, Paynesville and St. John’s Prep, and the recent loss to a tough Morris team.

Coach Adam Langer is confident the Eagles’ key to success this year falls directly on the experienced players. “We have seven seniors this year, with three of them in their third year of varsity basketball. They should provide great leadership as we go through our season. We have the talent to compete with the teams in our conference and our section, but we still need to learn to play team basketball,” said Langer. That kind of experience is valuable in staying successful through the long, winter season. “My expectations are to get better every day and to be playing our best basketball in February and March when playoffs come around,” said Coach Langer.

This Tuesday, Dec. 18, EV-W travels to battle a formidable Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa team. They will participate in a Christmas tournament Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Dec. 20-22, at St. John’s Prep; opening with a contest versus Rush City at 6:30, Thursday night.