Heartbreak in the All-‘A’-Weekly Recap 2

Coach Hall gives the team some mid-game instruction.

Coach Hall gives the team some mid-game instruction.

To start off the All-‘A’ Classic Region Tournament, the Eagles faced the Frankfort Christian Academy Royals. This was the boys’ easiest match-up all year as the starters only played four minutes in the first quarter and sat the rest of the game. Even though he played the fewest minutes, Aaron Abrahamson, 12, led the team with 14 points, followed closely by a career-high by Pierce Ragland, 10, with 12. Not much action took place. The game was extremely unbalanced skill, stature, and coaching-wise which led to a 96-28 blowout.

The Eagles then moved on to play Sayre on Wednesday in a highly anticipated match-up.  The Eagles came out ready and pulled ahead early. The Spartans tried to battle back but the Eagles were too much for them to handle. Abrahamson led the team in scoring again with a career high 23 points (7/10  3 FG). Tanner Walton, 10 and Zeke Grier, 12,  also provided a boost as Walton had 14 and Grier put up 13. The Eagles won 65-57 in a hard fought game in order to move on to the championship versus Frankfort.

The Eagles looked to continue their streak of All-‘A’ region championships on Saturday against the Frankfort Panthers. The boys came into the game with confidence and were ready to put up a fight for the trophy and a ticket to EKU to play in the All-‘A’ state tournament.  The Eagles were up 24-20 at the half and looked to build upon that lead in the second half. The entire game was neck and neck. With 9 seconds to go, the Eagles were in-bounding the ball; the game was tied 39-39. Jeffery Selby, 10, passed the ball out to Andrew Dollus, 11, who was then swarmed by orange jerseys and tried to pass the ball out. The ball went directly into the hands of the opponent who then found one of their players leaking out for an open lay-up at the buzzer. Panthers 41. Eagles 39. Their first All-‘A’ region loss since any of the players had been on the team.  The boys, heartbroken, have to move on and prepare for the rest of the season as District play is up next.