Blazers Create Energy in Win vs. Hamilton
The Eastside Blazers (7-9, 1-5) brought some much needed energy in Thursday night's game at Hamilton (1-11). In a rematch from the opening round of the NECC tournament that took place just less than a month ago, Eastside was able to pick up the pace throughout the game winning 63-33 this time around.
Much like the January 9th matchup this game started out extremely close and went back in forth throughout the first quarter finishing the stanza tied at 13. Also like the first matchup Connor Abplanalp was the scoring difference in the beginning of the game scoring 8 points in the 1st. The Blazers took control in the second quarter, where they won the quarter 17-8 to give us a halftime lead of 30-21. Clay Minnick scored 7 points in the second quarter. That momentum continued into the second half as the Blazers outscored the Marines by 15 in the third behind 7 points from Nolan Baker, and 4 made threes as a team. The fourth quarter was all Blazers as they won the quarter 12-6 to give them a final lead of 30 for the night. As a team Eastside shot 75% from the free throw line, and knocked down 7 threes.
Thursday's scoring was very well balanced as Minnick was the scoring leader with 12 points, Abplanalp finished with 11, while Ej Miller and Nolan Baker each had 9 points. Rounding out the scoring on the night was Noah Acquaviva with 6, Colton Crothers had 5, Blake Lesser with 3, and Loden Johnson, Ryder Reed, Ryan Strong and Micah Miller all had 2 points.
The junior varsity team picked up their third win of the season Thursday, defeating Hamilton 60-14. Evan Elden had 19 points including 5 threes and Gabe Guerra had 18 points including the first 8 of the game. The Blazers knocked down 9 threes in the game.
Next up for the Blazers is a home stand of three straight games starting with a make up game on Tuesday February 9th against Fremont (9-7,4-2). Senior night will take place on Friday February 9th when we face off against Garrett( 5-12, 1-6).We will be recognizing our 5 senior leaders (Clay Minnick, Loden Johnson, Ryder Reed, Connor Abplanalp, and Noah Acquaviva). Wrapping up the busy week will be a Saturday night game against Adams Central (13-3)