Eagles Basketball Drop Season Opener

Eagles begin the 20-21 season with a loss to Timberland, 64-58


Liz Hayes

Junior Adrian Lee pulls up from midrange against a Timberland defender.

Patrick Lynch, Sports Reporter

Eagles basketball returns this year and they were presented with a challenge right away with a game against rival Timberland. The Wolves started strong in the first quarter and staved off a late comeback attempt by the Eagles for a 64-58 victory.

After a tough first quarter in which Timberland built a 17-10 lead, the Eagles struggled to find a rhythm and finishing shots. At the half the score was 37-25 Timberland. The Eagles mounted a comeback in the second half, outscoring the Wolves 33-27. Unfortunately, Timberland had an advantage in rebounds, and the Eagles had trouble “getting loose balls” says senior Gabe McCrary.

Coach Sodemann preps the Eagles for the second half of the basketball game. (Liz Hayes)

Coach Sodemann says that because it was the first game of the season, “I don’t know if it was nerves or jitters, but we definitely looked a little bit slow in the first half. We talked at halftime and the guys made an adjustment.”

There is promise for the rest of the season, however, as the Eagles look to be led by seniors like Gabe McCrary, who had 26 points. Junior Jaden Betton added 10 points, all of which were in the second half.  

Timberland had five players score in double figures, led by junior Luke Busateri, who had 14.

Coach Sodemann also described a new defensive scheme the team is still working on, with the goal being to “keep opponents off balance.” If you aren’t already, this Eagles team is one to watch for big things in the future.