Eagles down Carroll

Published 3:00 am Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Goshen Eagles overcame a large deficit on Tuesday in their 59-47 win over area foe Calhoun.

The win for coach Ethan Carroll’s Eagles improves their overall record to 12-5 and their area record to 2-0.

“To me that was probably the proudest I have been of the team all year,” Carroll said. “I felt like that was our best team game we have had since I have been here. We had some players that sat out the first half. In the second half, we played extremely well.”

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The Eagles had two players finish in double-figures in the win, led by Zack Alford who scored 14 points. Caleb Dawson also finished in double figures with 10 points, while Michael Hollis tallied eight.

The Eagles struggled out of the gate against the Tigers and scored just four first quarter points. The Eagles entered the second quarter trailing 10-4 and found themselves down by as many as 11 points in the second quarter before going into halftime down 22-19.

In the second half, the Eagles came back rejuvenated. They scored a total of 22 third quarter points and 40 in the half to come back and defeat the Tigers.

“I knew that with the guys going into the second half to play, we were going to be in good shape,” Carroll said. “I knew we were going to be fresh with a lot of high energy. The last two minutes of the second quarter and the first four minutes of the third quarter really changed the game.”

With the win, the Eagles have started area play undefeated. With the wins coming against basketball-rich schools in Luverne and Calhoun, Carroll believes he has seen his team grow up in the last two weeks.

“Those are traditional basketball schools,” Carroll said. “You can go into Calhoun and see all those banners. Anytime you can go to an environment like that and get a win, I think it does a lot for your kids. You can watch them grow up. They grow up fast in environments like that.”

The Eagles will look to carry over their win into their game against Central at home on January 20. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.