The Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles hosted Paynesville Tuesday, Dec. 3, and lost a close one, 58-51. The Eagles came out soaring and took a 5-point advantage into the halftime break. But the Bulldogs fought back in the second half, outscoring Eden Valley-Watkins, 26-14, and sealing the victory. “It was a very even back-and-forth game in the first half. We came out in the second half and really struggled with shooting the basketball. We were 4 for 29 in the second half, which is 14 percent. I give Paynesville credit, they really picked up their defensive intensity and shut us down in that half,” said coach Adam Langer. The Eagles were led by junior forward Jared Streit, who posted another double-double, with 23 points and 17 rebounds. Junior guard Bret Mattice poured in 18, nailing four from beyond the arc. Sophomore DeShaun James had 1; senior Nick Pauly, 2; freshman Jacob Streit, 5; and junior Austin Schlangen, 2.
With the tough Tuesday night loss out of their system, the Eagles welcomed the Benson Braves Thursday, Dec. 5, and took the contest, 72-59. The Eagles blistered the nets and man-handled the glass, pouring in 21 points from downtown, and snatching 54 boards. While EV-W got double-digit scoring from four players, it was the tenacious rebounding that was key; with Austin Schlangen pulling down 15 and teammate Jared Streit grabbing a dozen. This Eagles squad is tough to beat when they display the kind of teamwork they displayed that night. Bret Mattice, 19; Jared Streit, 17; Alex Nesenson, 15; Nick Pauly, 12; Austin Schlangen, 8; and DeShaun James hit one of two free throws. The Eagles will prepare for a week on the road, when they take on Rockford, Tuesday, Dec. 10, and Holdingford Friday, Dec. 13.
EV-W junior Jared Streit puts it up for two of his 17 points vs Benson.
The Eagles would soar over the Braves, 72-59. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.