Goshen falls in final

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 9, 2003


By justin brimer

The Goshen boys' team played Highland Home Saturday night.

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The Eagles played a terrific second half, but lost a heart-breaker 69-67.

The game started out ugly for the underdog Eagles, as they watched the Squadron make a 10-0 run and take a commanding 16-4 lead early.

The Eagles would come back though, as they opened the second quarter on a 6-0 run.

They also finally began to grab some rebounds, which proved key in this back-and-forth tempo game.

Highland Home took a 38-33 lead into the locker room.

Goshen would open the second half literally on fire.

The full-court press that was not executed properly earlier in the game worked magnificently as the Eagles came up with four steals in the first two minute.

It would be nearly three minutes before Highland Home even got a shot off. The Eagles took the lead but lost it as the Squadron made a 8-0 to end the third.

Down by a score of 51-48, going into the last quarter Goshen had to like their chances.

They came out with a much taller line-up and were able to hit some easy inside shots.

Goshen made some late steals and was ahead 67-63 with under a minute to go.

Maybe a little overly excited that they had overcome such a deficit, the Eagles actually began to celebrate.

They would hand the game over to Highland Home in the closing seconds by sloppy passing and missing shots.

The Eagle's head coach YZ Rogers did not have much to say about missing opportunities in the fourth, but he did commend his boys for their efforts to get back into the game after getting shut down early.

Damareo Green led the Eagles in scoring with 21.