In the previous meeting between the Eagles and the Gators, the Gators handled the Eagles by knocking down three pointer after three pointer. In their meeting last Friday, the Eagles did a much better job defending the three pointer and also did a good job of controlling the paint on both ends of the court. When the final buzzer sounded, the Eagles’ strategy was successful as they had captured the 69-55 win.
Jordan Forbis and Devin Rice combined for 14 of the team’s 20 first quarter points to give the Eagles a seven point advantage after the first eight minutes of play.
Paris continued to get the ball in the basket in the second quarter but Gators Colby Whitlow and Seth Walker combined for 14 points to keep their team in the game. Going into the halftime break, the Eagles lead with a score of 35-27.
The Eagles struggled a bit in the third quarter and were outscored 14-13 by the Gators but still had a seven point lead going into the final eight minutes of play.
Junior Matthew Fitzjurls had a huge fourth quarter pumping in 13 of his team high 19 points in the fourth quarter of play. Fitzjurls 13 led the Eagles to a 21 point quarter and the 14 point victory over the Two Rivers Gators.
TRHS 13 14 14 14 - 55
PHS 20 15 13 21 - 69
TRHS—Whitlow 16, Yates 4, Morrison 6, Green 6, Lisenbey 4, Brimm 5, Walker 14
PHS—Owens 2, Rice 19, Fitzjurls 19, Buchanan 3, Hutson 10, Forbis 9, Nehus 3, Braswell 3, Hatcher 2
Like the Lady Eagles, the Eagles have four conference games remaining and are in need of picking up wins in all four as they look to earn a good seed in the district tournament which begins on February 17 at Danville.