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Eagleville figures out how to beat Patriots

Friday, December 7, 2012

Chris Houston drops back for a jumper and drills the shot. He paced the Patriots on Thursday night with 12 points.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
CHAPEL HILL -- A week ago, the Liberty Patriot defense was able to completely shut down the inside game of the Eagleville Middle Eagles in the regular season finale, giving the Pats a 44-27 win.

But in Thursday's rematch in the semifinal round of the Duck River Valley Conference World Tournament, the Eagles were able to work around the Pats' stifling defense and work the inside of the paint to a 36-25 win.

Strong play

Liberty gave the Eagles all they could handle in the first quarter, with several lead changes during the first possessions.

But Eagleville strung together enough points to hold a 9-6 advantage after one quarter of play.

Despite being able to knock down a few key shots to stay within striking distance in the first, Liberty was struck with a scoring drought in the second quarter and only came up with one point while Eagleville added seven to hold a 16-7 advantage heading to the half.

After nearly being shut out in the second quarter, the Patriots emerged in the second half and banked a pair of quick buckets to cut the Eagle lead down to five points.

Soon after, however, the Eagles went on a 7-0 lead to steal back the momentum.

Fast five

Even with the Eagle run, Luke Davidson banked a quick five points to bring the Pats back within seven points going into the final frame.

In the fourth quarter, Eagleville slammed the door shut on a Patriot comeback with 11 more points, the bulk of which came from the Eagles' inside attack.

Eagleville got six points from Chavalier Sutton and another three from Joseph Sewell.

In all, the Patriots struggled through all four quarters to match up against the inside size of Sutton and Sewell, but still saw Chris Houston post a team-high 12 points.

Shots don't fall

It wasn't for a lack of shot attempts, but for one reason or another, Liberty's shots just would not fall.

Sewell paced the winners with 14 points, and clinched a berth in the Duck River Valley Championship game against the Cascade Champions on Saturday evening.

Liberty, meanwhile, gets one more chance to go out with a win on the season in the consolation round where the Patriots will face the Community Vikings. Tip off in the consolation round is set for 5:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Liberty 6 1 9 9 -- 25

Eagleville 9 7 7 11 -- 36

Liberty: Chris Houston 12, Luke Davidson 5, Will Warner 4, Mike Sorcia 3, Austin Seibers 1.

Eagleville: Joseph Sewell 14, Evan Rives 6, Chavalier Sutton 6, Eric Hawks 5, Matthew Boyett 5.

3-Point goals: Liberty (2): Warner 1, Seibers 1; Eagleville (1): Rives 1.

Halftime score: Eagleville 16, Liberty 7.