River Pilots Thrash Blue Eagles
The Pilots’ Isaac Curtis opened the game Jan. 10 against the Blue Eagles with three straight baskets from beyond the arc, enroute to finishing with 10 treys to help the Pilots crush their cross-river rival, 90-33, inside a packed R.L.Potts Gymnasium.
After opening the game with three Curtis three-pointers, the Blue Eagles’ Jake Fruner dished a beauty to Brooks Parsons for the first Blue Eagle score at the 5:30 mark for a 6-2 River Pilot lead.
The Pilots’ Michael Collins would connect on a two-shot foul, while Curtis followed with two more bonus bombs to push their lead to 17-2, with a little over three-and-a-half minutes remaining in the opening stanza.
Parsons tallied one of two free throws before Collins put back a miss for the Pilots. Parsons swished a short jumper off a Blue Eagle miss, before the Pilots’ Lukas Isaly added a conventional three-point play and swished two very long three-pointers to extend their lead to 26-5.
Fruner took one to the hole for a basket, while Isaly and Drew Dietz finished the first quarter scoring with a pair of baskets, and two of three free throws by Isaly that gave the hosts a 34-7 advantage.
In the quarter, the Pilots out-rebounded the Blue Eagles, 9-4, and had three steals in the period to none for Magnolia. Fruner had the only assist in the period, while Leo Herrick had the only block.
Dietz opened the second period with a rebound putback, while Collins followed with a made jumper.
Herrick and Curtis each drained one of two charity tosses, before Fruner dished-off to a wide-open Parsons underneath for an easy deuce. After an Eagle miss, Isaly hauled in the miss and went coast-to-coast for a two-pointer, and would later connect on a nifty reverse lay-in.
After a Herrick rebound putback, Dietz hooked up with Isaly off an in-bounds pass, while Wyatt Reynolds and Dietz each connected on a pair of freebies to end the first half, with the Pilots on top, 49-14.
Herrick opened the second half with a made free throw, while Caretti sank a reverse lay-in for the Pilots first points. Isaly dished off an assist to Jordan Doty, while Parsons made one of two from the free throw line for the Eagles.
Curtis drained three more baskets from beyond the arc, while Reynolds pick-pocketed an Eagle and scored a bucket at the buzzer that gave the home-team a 79-23 lead with eight minutes remaining.
Curtis added two more three-pointers, before being pulled for the last time with a couple minutes remaining. However, the River faithful as well as the Blue Eagle student body urged the Pilots Head Coach Mark Romick to put him back in to break the school’s single-game three-point record.
The Eagles’ Fruner and Patrick Mirandy ended the game with made free throws.
The Eagles were paced by Parsons with 10 points, while Fruner and Herrick each tallied eight points. Marco Smith drained a three-ball, while Mirandy added two points for all the Blue Eagle scoring.
The Blue Eagles’ two top scorers Tyler Williamson didn’t make the trip because of flu-like systems, while Herrick fighting the bug with a 102 fever.
Herrick led the Blue Eagles with eight rebounds, while Fruner and Parsons each hauled in five. Fruner also made four assists. Herrick and Fruner each swatted away one Pilot shot, while Mirandy and Eli Nice each made a steal.
The Pilots’ duo of Curtis and Isaly accounted for 60 of the Pilots 90 points, including 14 baskets from beyond the arch, while Collins added a ten-spot. Reynolds and Dietz each tallied six points, while Hupp scored four points and Caretti added a deuce.
In addition, Isaly and Caretti each pulled down eight rebounds, while Hupp and Dietz each grabbed six boards. Dietz, also batted away two shots, while Isaly swatted away one.