Eagles crush Central MN 80-41 in opener
December 4, 2012By Doug Erlien of Heritage Christian Academy Boys Basketball
If there were any memories that lingered in their minds since lase March's devistating overtime loss in the section championship game, they were quickly erased Saturday. The Eagles started the year on the right foot with a dominating 80-41 win on the road against Central MN Christian.
"(We) Stumbled a little at first, we gotta remember how to play against other people, I guess, after playing against each other for so long," said Head Coach Tim Herman. "Very happy with our balance—we have multiple weapons. This was amplified by the fact that our reserves came up with key baskets at critical moments."
Very happy with our balance—we have multiple weapons. This was amplified by the fact that our reserves came up with key baskets at critical moments.
All five starters scored in double figures in a well balanced game led by senior Brad Basco with 17. Zach Weld scored 13 while Evan Parkhurst added 12 in the win. HCA jumped o ut to a 48-25 lead in the first half, then allowed Central MN Christian just 16 points in the second half. Junior Drew Kleinschmidt scored 11 points, and senior Christian Pieper added 10. The Eagles also picked up 17 points off the bench led by junior Spenser Bland's eight points.
"Any of our starting five is capable of going for over 20 points on a given night. Therefore, it is a blessing to have that kind of artillery, but we gotta nurture and encourage it to maximize our impact," said Herman.
The depth will once again be tested early as Parkhurst broke a bone in his right hand and will see a specialist on Monday.
The Eagles open the home equation of their schedule Tuesday night against Metro Tech Career Academy, a new school in our section. They are led by a familiar face in head coach Jamil Jackson who last year coached Prairie Seeds Academy. A couple of players that played in the section final last year are now playing for Metro Tech. Dominick Jackson and Michael Miller. Tip is scheduled for 7:30 PM.
Notes: The 48 points in the first half is the most in a regular season game in at least the past three seasons. The Eagles scored 61 first half points last year in the first round of the section playoffs.
Tuesday's home opener will be broadcast live online and archived for later viewing.