After suffering a heartbreaking defeat last Friday night in Waxahachie against Dallas Academy, the Advantage Academy Eagles looked to bounce back and pick-up their first win of the season against the Avalon junior varsity.
Right from the get go it didnít look good for the Eagles as they quickly fell behind in the first quarter 14-4, leaving Coach Larry Williamson to wonder if his squad had recovered from last weeks difficult loss.
However, after falling behind by 10, the Eagles came out determined to change the tide in the second quarter.
Led by seniors Aaron Mick and Clayton Sulak, the Eagles went on a 12-3 run to cut Avalonsílead down to 17-16 at halftime.
The Eagles went on to carry that momentum into the second half as they continued to dominant Avalon in all facets of the game.
Advantage was very sound defensively and on the boards, producing 19 steals and 11 rebounds in the second half alone.
This led to several fast break opportunities and second chance points, of which the Eagles were able to take advantage.
Advantage connected on 15 of 20 free throws compared to 19 of 41 just four days prior against Dallas Academy.
Avalon was unable to deny the Eagles their first win of the season as they were outscored 27-16 in the second half.
Junior Kade Baird of Advantage Academy contributed a season high 13 points and six steals to help lead the Eagles past the Avalon junior varsity for its first win of the season, 43-34.
Advantage Academy hopes to continue thier winning ways as they travel to Frost to play in the Frost Invitational Tournament.
Junior High soars to 2-0
First year Coach Grant Ward and his junior high boyís squad came into the game last night looking for their second win of the season.
Standing in their way was the Flint Academy Falcons.
The first quarter got off to a fast start as Advantage Academyís Luke Shatwell, a seventh grader, sunk a jump shot to put the Eagles up 2-0.
Flint Academy would quickly respond by scoring six unanswered points making the score 6-2 with 2:00 left in the first quarter.
Just when it seemed like the Falcons were about to pull away, Tyler Lowe, seventh grader, hit a 3-point basket that brought the score to 6-5 to close out the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Lowe picked up were he left off in the first, scoring all eight points for the Eagles compared to seven points put together as a team by Flint Academy.
At halftime, the Eagles and the Falcons went into the locker room tied 13-13.
In the second half, Flint Academy came out with a different strategy on defense.
They began to double team Lowe forcing other players to take critical shots.
The Eagles responded as a team by scoring nine points in the third quarter including a clutch three pointer by Raymond Swanzy.
However, with every Eagles basket the Falcons would respond with a basket of their own making it a tight game down the stretch.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter the Eagles led 22-17.
As a result, they began to drain the clock with ball controll, in order to lock up their second win of the season.
Despite a couple of Flint Academy baskets they would do just that.
Coach Grant Ward and the Eagles picked up their second win of the season with a 27-23 victory over Flint Academy.
Tyler Lowe and Raymond Swanzy combined for 21 of the Eagles 27 points. With the Eagles 2-0 start, the future is beginning to look bright for Advantage Academy.