SIKESTON - The Scott Central Braves recorded their eighth win of the season on Tuesday night when they outlasted the East Prairie Eagles, 95-77.
According to Braves' head coach Melvin Porter, it was anything but pretty.
''The effort tonight was terrible," he said. "They may have played to about a fourth of their potential. Our kids are young and wishy-washy. They play well one outing and lose their focus the next. We are having a hard time gelling right now."
The Eagles appeared as if they came to play in the opening stanza when Jordan Sanders sank three 3-pointers in the frame. Matt Boyer added two trifectas of his own and the Eagles led 25-17 after one quarter.
In the second frame, the Braves quickness began to take its toll on the visitors and Scott Central gained the lead for good when they scored 20 points to take a 37-33 at the half.
"What's really scary right now is that we only have a month to get it together before districts. If I didn't have talent to work with it would be different. Our kids are talented but they are not putting their hearts into it," continued coach Porter.
For the Braves, a balanced scoring attack featured four players who reached double digits led by Chris Pullen's 24 points.
In the third period, Scott Central put 27 more points on the board while holding the Eagles to 16 to make the count 64-49 going into the final stanza.
The fourth period featured 26 free throw attempts as both teams were in the double-bonus for the rest of the way. The Eagles managed their best quarter of the evening scoring 28 points but it was not enough.
Scott Central also won the jayvee contest. That score was 78-41.
The next game for the Braves will be Friday night at Chaffee while East Prairie travels to Puxico.