Eagles Score 103 Points On Rebels
The Magnolia Blue Eagles had everyone on their varsity roster score — including half in double figures — en route to a 103-43 Senior Night drubbing of Ritchie County Feb. 23 at the HammerDome.
The Blue Eagles scored 12 of their initial 13 points in the paint. Junior center Jared Blatt tallied nine points in the first quarter, while Josh Yost added six to help the Eagles forge out to a 28-8 advantage after eight minutes of non-stop action.
The Eagles extended their advantage to 39 points at 53-14 by the break. The Eagles were clicking on all cylinders against Oak Glen in a Feb. 20 contest, but had to buckle down in the fourth to get the job done. Magnolia Head Coach Dave Tallman wasn’t going to let that happen again.
In the third period, Jordan Moore came off the bench to score 11 of his game-high 18 points to help give the home team a 84-30 lead with eight minutes remaining.
“It really seems like when things are going real well it gets contagious,” said Tallman. “We shot the ball well and that is something we didn’t do well early in the season.
Landon Herrick scored the Eagles’ 100th point, with two minutes remaining.
Moore came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points, while Jon Rine added 15 points. Jared Blatt tallied 13 points, grabbed five rebounds, and blocked five Rebel shots, while Traeh Keller contributed 11 points, five rebounds, and stole two Rebel passes. Yost and Andy Huggins each netted 10 points to give the hosts six players in double figures.
Senior guard Andrew Robinson netted eight points, while distributing 10 assists and four steals. Herrick and Mason Rine chipped in with six points each, while Jayson Keller, Matt Sapp, and Nick Blatt each tallied two points each.
Magnolia made 43-69 shots from the floor and tallied 9-13 from the charity stripe in the game. Magnolia had 33 assists in the game, as well as 34 rebounds, 16 steals, and 10 blocked shots, while holding their turnovers to eight.
The Eagles finished third in Class AAA OVAC and are ranked near the top of Class AA state standings. They will close out the season against the highly rated Class A Williamstown at Williamstown, Thursday, Feb. 26, before starting sectional play at home against Tyler Consolidated, Tuesday, March 3.