Wednesday, February 17, 2016
La Plata High School
North Point High School
February 17, 2015,
It was almost dÃ©jÃ vu on Wednesday night as the Eagles hosted the Warriors of La Plata High School. Earlier this month the Warriors hosted the Eagles which ended in North Point beating La Plata 69-42. The Eagles came into Wednesday night’s contest not having played a game since February 8th and facing a three game stretch to close out the regular season and clinch the final spot in the SMAC Championship game next Wednesday.
The Eagles who have been playing zone recently in the season came out in a man defense to set the tone early in typical North Point fashion. Eagles held the Warriors to only five points in the first quarter; going into the second quarter leading 12-5. The Eagles missed opportunities in the first quarter and played flat. This was expected seeing the Eagles had not been in a gym since February 8th. The second quarter resembled that of the first quarter: Eagles being disruptive on defense but not capitalizing, missing opportunities due to not making the simple play, and still getting adjusted to being back in the gym. At the half the Eagles led the Warriors 24-15.
The third quarter has been an achilles heel for the Eagles for the last three seasons and Wednesday night did not prove otherwise. The Warriors who entered the third quarter down by nine found themselves competing with the Eagles. Brad Milstead (21) of La Plata led this surge scoring 11 of the Warriors 18 points in the third. At the end of the third quarter the Warriors outscored the Eagles 18-16 and entered the fourth quarter down by 7, 40-33.
Junior G Tyler Williams (10) of the Eagles was not about to let the Warriors gain any more momentum or feel they had any chance of pulling out the win. Williams (21) led the Eagles in the fourth quarter to put the Warriors away. Momentum favored the Eagles late in the quarter when Williams (10) got the ball and went baseline for a one-handed dunk which ended up being an and-one. The dunk brought the bench and the gymnasium to their feet. Eagles had more of that in the tank as they caused another Warriors turnover, leading to senior F Charles Bryant (44) slamming down the one-handed put-back. Eagles outscored the Warriors 24-8 in the fourth quarter. Sweeping the Warriors for the season and getting the win with a final score 64-41.
Junior G Tyler Williams (10) led the Eagles with 20 pts 6 rebs 2 asts 3 blks. Big men contributed to the win as well with senior F Lamont McManus (33) with 10 pts 8 rebs 1 stl and senior F Malik Brown adding 11 pts 7 rebs 4 asts 2 stls and 2 blks. Eagles are back in action on tonight as they travel to Thomas Stone and Friday night (Senior Night) as they host rival Westlake, which could give the Eagles an opportunity to play in the SMAC Championship next Wednesday, giving the Eagles a chance to win their second straight conference title in the last 3 years.