The EV-W Eagles hit the road Tuesday, Dec. 10, and beat the Huskers of Holdingford in a good contest, 53-49. Eden Valley-Watkins found themselves down a dozen at the half, but they turned up the defense and the sharpshooters came alive, outscoring the Huskers by 16 points in the second stanza. Eagles’ coach Adam Langer is happy to get that first conference win. “We really struggled with our shooting in the first half. In the second half, we made it a priority to get the ball inside and things started to turn around. Alex Nesenson had two big three-point field goals in the last two minutes of the game to give us the lead, and Jared Streit sealed the game with two free throws in the last five seconds. It wasn’t pretty, but we battled through shooting struggles to get our first conference win.” The Eagles were led by junior forward Jared Streit, with 17 points. Junior guard Bret Mattice poured in 13, and hit three-for-three from the charity stripe. Senior Alex Nesenson finished with 9, and junior Austin Schlangen posted a double-double, with 10 points and 17 boards. Senior Nick Pauly had 4.
Friday, the 13th, saw the Eagles visit the Rockford Rockets. Down 35-26 at halftime, the Eagles could not stop the hosts’ hot hands, losing 69-61. Junior guard Bret Mattice finished with 25 points, nailing seven from three-point range. It was Jared Streit’s turn for a double-double, finishing with 11 points, 14 rebounds. Freshman guard Reese Jansen and senior Nick Pauly had 6 apiece, Alex Nesenson had 3, and Austin Schlangen recorded 4. The Eagles will welcome Pierz Tuesday,
Dec. 17, and will play in the
St. John’s Prep Tournament Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 19-21, before the Holiday break.