Friday, February 12, 2016
North Point High School
Thomas Stone High School
February 18, 2015.
Wednesday evening the Eagles returned to action at home, beating La Plata 64-41. Thursday night, North Point would travel to Thomas Stone. North Point is currently in the middle of their three game stint. Seeing as Wednesday was the first time in nine days the Eagles were in the gym, they appeared sluggish to start, but finished strong. To many, that seemed to be the case Thursday evening against the Cougars.
Thomas Stone had lost ten days ago to North Point 76-66 and the Cougars understood how big of a win this would be for their program. The first quarter mirrored that of an intense rival game with the Eagles edging the Cougars 16-15 at the end of the quarter. As the second quarter began, the Eagles realized their first quarter play was not “The North Point Way.” The Eagles exploded for 29 points in the second quarter, leading Stone 45-28 at the half.
The third quarter would be the test for the Eagles. Seeing over the last couple years the Eagles allow teams to make their run in the third. Fortunately, the Eagles had a different mindset tonight. North Point outscored Stone 17-7 in the third. This momentum carried over into the fourth quarter as well, as the Eagles refused to give any false hope to the Cougars, outscoring them 26-11. The Eagles routed the Cougars 88-46 to get the win and sweep conference rivals for the regular season.
When you have 9 out of 10 players contribute to putting points on the board, it is difficult to defend a team that has anyone that score. The Eagles had four player score in double figures: Senior F Lamont McManus (33) 24 pts (10 for 10 shooting), Senior F Malik Brown (32) 17 pts (6 for 7 shooting), Junior G Tyler Williams (10) 15 pts (5 for 8 shooting), and Junior G Jalen Gibbs (2) with 10 pts (4 for 8 shooting). As a team the Eagles shot 72% from the field and 72% from the line. North Point dominated the class with 23 rebounds, adding 24 assists, taking 7 steals, and denying Stone with 8 blocks.
Tonight was not about one person but the players playing like a team, executing on the offensive end, and not getting tired or outworked on the defensive end. Eagles are back in action Friday night as they host rival Westlake. Boys game will start at 5 p.m. Friday night is also Senior Night, with a win the Eagles can clinch a spot in the SMAC Conference championship game, and this will be the first time in years the Eagles would sweep rivals Westlake.