Eagles defeat Tigers

Published 8:54 am Monday, December 5, 2011

The Escambia County Middle School Eagles seventh and eighth grade boys basketball teams remained undefeated on the season after earning wins over the Bay Minette Tigers Thursday in Bay Minette.


Eagles (8th) 49

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Tigers 44

A 24-point outburst in the fourth quarter gave the Escambia County Eagles the boost they needed as they defeated the Bay Minette Tigers 49-44 on Thursday in Bay Minette.

The Eagles (4-0) trailed 34-25 entering the final quarter of play, but overcame the deficit to defeat the Tigers.

In the first quarter, the Tigers jumped out to an early lead outscoring the Eagles 13-7.

Bay Minette extended their lead in the second period beating ECMS 9-3 to go into halftime leading 22-10.

Following halftime, the Eagles chipped away at the Tigers lead and pushed past them in the fourth period to pull away for the win.

In the third quarter, the Eagles knocked three points off of Bay Minette’s lead outscoring them 15-12 to enter the fourth down by nine. Escambia County poured points onto the scoreboard in the final period outscoring Bay Minette 24-11 to finish off a comeback victory.

Trae Thompson paced the Eagles with 17 points and recorded seven assists, six rebounds and four steals.

Thompson’s play, especially his free throws were a difference, head coach Robert Smith said.

“Trae (Thompson) played big for us,” he said. “His great free throw shooting was clutch.”

Dalvin Patterson recorded a double-double in the victory recording 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Gatelyn Thames posted 11 points, six steals and five assists for the Eagles.

The Eagles next game will be Monday on the road at Fairhope Middle School. Games begin at 4:30 p.m.


Eagles (7th) 58

Tigers 41

Escambia County Middle School’s seventh grade Eagles basketball team dominated their rival Bay Minette Tigers on Thursday in Bay Minette winning 58-41.

The Eagles (4-0) led the entire contest outscoring the Tigers in three quarters.

In the first quarter, ECMS pulled out to an early lead outscoring Bay Minette 19-13.

Escambia County built on their lead in the second quarter putting 11 more points on the scoreboard, while holding the Tigers to six to go into halftime leading 30-19.

Following halftime, the Eagles held onto their lead as they eased past the Tigers to the win.

In the third period, the Tigers beat the Eagles on the scoreboard outscoring them 17-12 to cut into the lead and go into the fourth period down 42-36. Escambia County made the most of the final period winning it 15-9 and coming away with the 58-41 win.

In the victory, Eagles T.J. Knots and Chille Ford were the leaders as Knots scored 16 points and Ford recorded 14 points. Ford also had 13 rebounds.

Tyderian Sims posted eight points, while Eric Williams added seven and Devon Robinson scored six.