CARMI - The Eldorado Eagles, fresh off their championship at the EHT, dominated the CWC Bulldogs 48-32 in BDC action on Friday. The win moved the Eagles’ record to 15-1 on the season (3-1 in the BDC) and the loss dropped the Bulldogs to 11-3 (2-1).
The gym was packed and the crowd was ready for a good game, and they got one - for the first quarter. Eldorado sped to an early 7-2 lead before the Bulldogs came back. A 3-pointer from Matt Rice, an inside basket from Travis Black and a pair of free throws from Rice put the Bulldogs ahead. The Bulldogs held an 11-10 lead going into the second quarter.
The Eagles went on a 15-0 run to start the second quarter and the Bulldogs never recovered. The killer sequence came on three consecutive 3-pointers from the EHT MVP Braden Attebury, who had 20 points in the first half.
“We lost their best shooter a few times,” said CWC Coach Kevin Wolff. “We wanted to focus on him and not let him get going, but he did.”
A late 3-pointer from Rice brought the Bulldogs to within 29-18 at the half and gave them some hope as they headed to the locker room.
But if the second quarter was bad, the third was a disaster for the Bulldogs as Eldorado's big and swarming defense continued to disrupt the passing lanes, causing turnovers and empty possessions for the Bulldogs. CWC scored only a single basket in the third quarter - on a baseline drive from Justin Lamp - and trailed by 18 points headed to the fourth quarter.
“Eldorado is playing at a high level right now. You can see their confidence,” said Wolff. “I know our kids will respond well (to the loss). We’ll come in and work on some fundamental things and get better.”
Eldorado continued their red-hot play on Saturday, defeating second-ranked Mt. Carmel 50-48.
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Eldorado 10 19 9 10 48
CWC 11 7 2 12 32
Eldorado – Braden Attebury 28, Ethan Partridge 13, Jacob Traxler 4, Max Kasiar 3.
CWC – Matt Rice 8, Justin Lamp 8, Travis Black 6, Jake Simon 4, Jarrett Pollard 4, Bryce Northcott 2.
JV game – CWC 45, Eldorado 24
CWC scoring – Tyler Thompson 14, Dylan Courty 11, Colton Yates 9, William Pugsley 5, Cole Carter 4, Cooper Craig 1, Ethan Mahon 1.