2018-02-08 / Sports

Eagles play well defensively against Pirates

By: Mike Gallagher
Sports Reporter - mgallagher@mihomepaper.com


Caseville sophomore Kaden Geilhart drives past Peck’s Cole Hendley Tuesday night. Geilhart finished the game with three points. 
Photo by Mike Gallagher Caseville sophomore Kaden Geilhart drives past Peck’s Cole Hendley Tuesday night. Geilhart finished the game with three points. Photo by Mike Gallagher CASEVILLE - Defensively the Caseville boys basketball team had one of its strongest performances of the season Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, the offense couldn’t follow suit, as the Eagles fell to Peck, who is in first place in the North Central Thumb League Stripes Division, 40-20.

“Defensively we were very good,” said Caseville head coach Jacob Heck. “Our press slowed them down and took them out of their tempo. We forced them to take some tough shots. Offensively, we just didn’t have it tonight.”

Caseville held the Pirates, who were averaging 53.7 points coming into the contest, to their third lowest offensive output of the season. But the Eagles were held to their second lowest scoring total of the season.

Peck held a slim, 10-6, lead after the first quarter.

“At first, we couldn’t buy a bucket,” Heck said. “We were just not executing on our shots. We were executing our offense, but just not getting the baskets to fall.

Added Heck: “We played really good defense in the first quarter and that was the reason we were able to stay with them.”

In the second quarter however, the Eagles were outscored 13-5 and the Pirates went into halftime with a 23-11 lead.

“First of all, (Ean) Sell is a heck of a ballplayer,” Heck said. “In the second quarter he started to take over, and credit to him.”

Sell scored all 11 of his points in the first half, including seven in the first quarter.

“Our challenge at halftime was to shut him down in the second half,” Heck said. “We were able to do that, unfortunately we dug ourselves too big of a hole in the first half.”

The Eagles had a strong defensive performance in the second half. In the third quarter, they gave up only six points and ending with a fourth quarter where they held the Pirates to 11 points.

Offensively though, Caseville was only able to score 12 second half points.

For the Eagles, Sawyer Kozfkay scored a team-high 11 points and Kaden Geilhart added four.

Peck was led by Sell’s 11 points and Zac Dudley’s 10.

The Pirates move to 11-3 overall and 5-0 in the NCTL Stripes Division with the win, while the Eagles fall to 3-9 overall and 2-4 in the Stripes.

“It feels good to be able to hang with a team like Peck,” Heck said. “But I’m not going to be satisfied until we are able to beat one of these teams.”

The Eagles will be back in action on Friday, when they travel to Akron- Fairgrove (0-10, 0-5), a team they have defeated twice already this season.

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