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Eagles wilt under Champs' pressure

By CHRIS SIERS ~ sports@t-g.com
Posted 1/12/22

A full-court zone defense by the Cascade Champions made life difficult for the Eagleville Eagles on Tuesday night.The Champs (11-5)  capitalized off several Eagle turnovers and posted a 53-40 …

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A full-court zone defense by the Cascade Champions made life difficult for the Eagleville Eagles on Tuesday night.
The Champs (11-5)  capitalized off several Eagle turnovers and posted a 53-40 non-district victory.
Cascade raced out to a seven-point lead in the first quarter thanks to that high-pressure defense that harassed the Eagles (3-14) to allow several transition points following the turnovers.
Justis Carter took control of the game by attacking the paint and working his way to the free throw line.
He scored nine points in the first quarter made good on 5-of-8 attempts in the first frame.
The Cascade offense continued to run through Carter into the second quarter.
While he managed just one free throw in the second quarter, four Champions combined for 11 points to help the hosts build an 11-point halftime lead.
Eagleville, meanwhile, struggled to find open looks inside the paint.
Of the five made field goals in the first half, four came from the perimeter and just one was in the paint.
That trend continued into the third quarter when Eagleville connected on just two more field goals, three pointers courtesy of Keydon Bassham and Issac Gazoway.
Cascade didn’t fare much better, only adding nine more points to the cause, but Carter added to his game-high with five more points.
The Champs slammed the door shut on any Eagle comeback bid with a 17-point fourth quarter.
Junior Lucas Clanton scored 12 of his total 16 points in the fourth, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Bassham led the Eagles in the scoring column with 10 points and was the lone Eagle to hit double figures.
While Eagleville struggled in the paint against Cascade, the Eagles proved effective from the arc and made good on eight treys in the contest and were a perfect 11-of-11 at the free throw line.
Cascade managed just three 3-pointers and shot a modest 16-of-26 attempts at the charity stripe.
The Champions open District 7-AA play on Friday night at Grundy County.  

Eagleville       8   8  6  10 — 40
Cascade    15 12  9  17 — 53

Eagleville: Keydon Bassham 10, C.J. Goers 8, Issac Gazoway 7, Jordan Reed 6, Rhett Deaton 5, Brady Burns 4.
Cascade: Justis Carter 17, Lucas Clanton 16, Jackson Davis 6, Thomas Gentry 5, Isaac McElroy 5, Saebyn Burris 4.
3-Point goals: Eagleville (8): Bassham 2, Reed 2, Goers 2, Gazoway, Deaton; Cascade
Halftime score: Cascade 27, Eagleville 16.

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