Eagles defeat Graceville

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Unselfish play lifted the Goshen Eagles to a 49-44 win over Graceville in the Wicksburg High School Thanksgiving Tournament.

It was the second game of the tournament for Goshen, who won their first matchup 60-53 against Samson on Monday.

“(Graceville) are a very athletic team,” said Eagles head coach Ethan Carroll. “This was a match up that we knew was going to be very tough for us. They are very quick and very athletic. They have some decent depth and some decent size.”

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Graceville tested the Eagles with a suffocating man-to-man defense in the second half after playing zone in the first.

“They were a much quicker team (than Samson),” Carroll said. “We were able to move the ball really well. A lot of our players were really unselfish.”

The Eagles and Graceville battled back and forth in the opening half and it wasn’t until the final stages of the second quarter when the Eagles were able to gain a separation of eight points over the Graceville.

The game stayed within eight points for the majority of the second half until Graceville made a push of their own.

With under a minute remaining in regulation and the Eagles ahead by one point, Shelby Styron connected on a layup and the Eagles were able to hit on free throws to help secure the win.

Zach Alford led the scoring with 26 points. Michael Hollis contributed with eight points. Styron was able to pick up eight points as well, including the big layup in the game’s final minute and hauled in double-figures in rebounds.

The Eagles will finish the tournament around 1 p.m. this afternoon when they take on Wicksburg.

“They are a 3A team,” Carroll said. “They are a well-coached team. They are aggressive at times. We are going to have to play good ball to pull out a win. Tonight showed that we have to play all four quarters as hard as you can.”