Eagles defeat Brantley

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Goshen Eagles picked up their 12th win of the season Monday, defeating the Brantley Bulldogs 47-43.

The Eagles (12-8, 2-2) came out strong, but had to fight late to hold on to the lead.

“We came out fairly well and rebounded the basketball decent,” said head coach Ethan Carroll. “Once again , the thing we have battling all year has been complacency. We got too relaxed and lost focused.”

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Turnovers and lackluster play late almost cost the Eagles the game.

“We turned the ball over too many times in the second half,” Carroll said. “We came out with a win, but it wasn’t our best effort. A win is a win and it’s great, however we have a ton we need to improve on.”

The Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 11-9 in the first quarter. Both teams picked up the pace in the second, especially Goshen who was able to run up and down the court. “We moved the ball and we saw the floor a lot better,” Carroll said. “We were able to get some easy layups.”

The Bulldogs played a zone defense against Goshen, but the Eagles were able to attack the weak side of the court for easy baskets.

“We were seeing the floor a lot better,” Carroll said. “We were attacking the gaps on the weak side, and we were playing unselfish basketball.”

The Eagles were able to take a 24-15 lead into halftime, but the offense was stagnant in the third period, Carroll said. The Bulldogs were able to cut the lead to six points at 32-26.

“We got stagnant,” Carroll said. “They were able to move the ball and we gave up some easy baskets and some second hand points that allowed them to creep back into it.”

The Eagles, who have had trouble making free throws as of late, were forced to make them down the stretch. They were able to capitalize on the free points by converting on 10 of 11 in the final two minutes.

“It came down to free throws once again,” Carroll said. “It was the same theme as Elba however we hit them this time in the fourth quarter. We were shooting a terrible free throw percentage heading into the fourth quarter.”

Mike Hollis led the Eagles in scoring with 20 points. Zach Alford finished with eight points and four rebounds while Caleb Dawson had six points and five rebounds.”

The Eagles will play at home once again on Thursday when they host New Brockton. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.