Eagles fall to Tigers

Published 8:14 pm Friday, January 13, 2012

A “poor” performance cost the Escambia County Eagles eighth-grade boys a loss on Thursday as they fell    43-32 to the Bay Minette Tigers.

The Eagles (8-2) trailed the entire game falling behind early in the first quarter and never gaining any ground.

In the first quarter, the two teams had trouble finding the hoop, but Bay Minette found a way to grab the lead    5-4.

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The Tigers extended their lead over the Eagles in the second quarter outscoring them 13-9 to go into halftime leading 18-13.

Following the break, the Eagles  were unable to make any ground on the Tigers’ lead falling further behind in the second half.

In the third quarter, the Eagles scored 11 points in the quarter, but the Tigers were able to extend their lead with 20 points of their own.

Escambia County outscored the Tigers in the final quarter winning it 8-5, but the damage done in the first half hurt chances of a comeback as the Eagles fell 43-32.

The Eagles’ play was called poor by head basketball coach Robert Smith.

“We played poorly,” he said. “They are an athletic team, but we miss our opportunities. Missed free throws and turnovers killed us.”
Eagle Timonthy Finklea led the way for ECMS scoring nine points.

Dalvin Patterson scored five points and recording 12 rebounds, while Devontae Lee also scored five points and had three points in the loss.

Eagles Anthony Fountain and Trae Thompson scored four points each in the loss. Fountain also had eight rebounds, while Thompson had six assists and two steals.

Michael Pettway finished the game with three points.

The Eagles next game will be Jan. 17 at home against Fairhope. Games begin at 4:30 p.m.

Eagles 31
Wolves 10

Escambia County Middle School’s seventh grade boys closed out their season with an undefeated record as they routed the Pollard-McCall Wolves 31-10 on Wednesday.

The Eagles (9-0, 0-0) dominated the entire game as they held the Wolves scoreless until the fourth quarter.

In the first quarter, Escambia County jumped out in front by holding the Wolves scoreless as they led 6-0 at the buzzer.

The Eagles continued to hold the lead in the second period as they scored 11 points in the quarter and again kepts the Wolves off of the scoreboard. At halftime, ECMS held a commanding 17-0 lead.

Following halftime, the Eagles picked up where they ended the first half dominaing the Wolves on both ends of the court.

In the third quarter, ECMS pounded Pollard-McCall on the scoreboard shutting them out and scoring 12 points of their own.

Leading 29-0 moving into the final quarter, the Eagles slowed the game down cruised to the end as the Wolves finally got on the board outscoring ECMS 10-2 to give the Eagles a 31-10 win and undefeated season.

The Eagles looked to thank all of their supporters for helping them with their season, Eagles head basketball coach Robert Smith said.

“Our seventh grade boys finished the season with a tremendous undefeated record,” he said. “We want to thank our parents and community for their support this season.”

T.J. Knots led the Eagles with eight points and five assists in the win.

Eagles Chille Ford and Devon Robinson each scored six points in the win. Robinson also posted 10 rebounds, while Robinson recorded four assists.

Ladell Pettway scored four points for the Eagles, and DeAndre Rivers chipped in three points.

Jomontrae Lee scored two points for ECMS, but led the team with 12 rebounds.