PORTAGEVILLE - The East Prairie Eagles basketball team picked up a big road win on Tuesday night over the Portageville Bulldogs, 71-57.
The Eagles controlled the boards against the Bulldogs and had 25 offensive rebounds as a team. East Prairie also had 17 steals for the contest.
"We did a very poor job tonight of getting on the boards," said Portageville head coach Jim Bidewell. "Rebounding is all about desire and give East Prairie credit, they played with more heart and desire than we did. It doesn't matter if it is my team or not, I respect teams that play the way East Prairie did tonight."
East Prairie led 19-12 after one quarter of action. The Eagles grabbed six offensive rebounds in the quarter to gain the quick advantage. However, 6-
foot-2 forward Tony Jones got two quick fouls in the quarter and was on the East Prairie bench the remainder of the first half.
Jacob Garrett and Ryan Jones picked up the slack off the bench for the Eagles in the paint. East Prairie had seven more offensive rebounds in the second quarter for a total of 13 for the half.
"I thought Ryan and Jacob came in and fought hard," said East Prairie head coach Matt Schonhoff. "They got some much needed putbacks to pick up the slack left by Tony. We could have folded early, but we didn't lose a beat."
Besides the play in the paint, East Prairie's guards sliced through the defense of the Bulldogs for many easy baskets in the first half. Randy Woods had 10 points and M.C. Williams added nine points in the half for the Eagles to take a 36-25 lead into halftime.
"Portageville likes to utilize the 1-3-1 spread trap on defense," said Schonhoff. "I thought our guards ran our spread offense well and our bigs finished it off in the paint."
The Bulldogs had problems scoring both from the field and from the charity stripe. Portageville had only seven field goals in the first half and was only 5-
for-15 from the free-throw line.
"I think we came out kind of lackadaisical," said Bidewell. "This was another lesson learned for our team. We have to come out every night and play hard. We picked the wrong night to have a lack of desire."
Tony Jones and Paris Tipler jumpstarted the Eagles in the third quarter, as both scored at will in the paint early. East Prairie led 43-33 with five minutes to play in the quarter when the Eagles went on an 8-0 run to up the lead to 51-33 at 3:15. In the quarter, Tipler had seven points and Jones pumped in six.
Portageville did respond late in the third with a 7-1 run to end the quarter. Sophomore D.J. Birdwell came off the bench for the Bulldogs and pumped in five quick points in the middle of the run for Portageville. Heading into the fourth, East Prairie led 52-40.
The Eagles continued to attack the basket in the fourth quarter with Tipler and Tony Jones continuing to do much of the damage. Jones led the way in the quarter with seven points and Tipler chipped in six.
The Bulldogs pulled within 54-47 with five minutes to play, but that is as close as Portageville would get the rest of the way. Over the next two minutes of play, the Eagles went on an 8-0 run to increase the lead to 62-47 with 3:45 left in the game. Portageville could not recover and the Eagles earned a big road win.
"We controlled the tempo of the game with our press," said Schonhoff. "We didn't cause as many turnovers as we would like, but we made them rush on offense which got the game where we like it. The guys got out in transition and got some easy layups."
Tipler and Tony Jones led East Prairie with 17 points apiece. Tipler also had seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. Tony Jones led the Eagles with 11 rebounds (five offensive).
Woods ended with 13 points, four rebounds and four steals for the Eagles. Tyler Branam had 10 points and five rebounds.
"East Prairie figured out early in the game that we were not going to get in front of drives to the basket," said Bidewell. "We were not going to step up on defense. Nobody wanted to stop their drives to the basket. It is all about desire."
Marcus Greene led Portageville with 13 points and had six rebounds. Byron Wright had a nice night off the bench for the Bulldogs with 12 points. In the game, Portageville's bench outscored East Prairie's 21-5.
Freshman Kony Ealy was inconsistent at times for the Bulldogs but finished with eight points, eight rebounds, four assists and had three blocks. All Ealy's points came in the third quarter.
Portageville's leading scorer, Trey Mosby, was held in check and finished with seven points. Mosby scored five of his seven points late in the fourth quarter.
East Prairie (13-7) travels to Kelly on Friday at 6 p.m. Portageville (14-5) will host Gideon on Thursday.
MORLEY -- The Scott County Central Braves defeated the Risco Tigers at home on Tuesday night, 83-36.
The Braves outscored the Tigers 40-16 in the second half to break open the contest.
Sophomore Caleb Johnson dominated in the post for Scott Central and ended with a game-high 28 points. Guard D.D. Gillespie poured in 25 points and freshman point guard Bobby Hatchett chipped in 14 points for the Braves.
Senior Ricky Davis was the only player for Risco to score in double-digits and he ended his night with 16 points.
Risco (5-14) will participate in the Tri-County Conference Tournament starting next week. An opponent has yet to be determined for the Tigers. Scott Central (16-4) will host Oran on Friday at 6 p.m.
HAYTI -- The Charleston Bluejays improved to 18-3 on the season with a road rout of Hayti.
Jamarcus Williams led Charleston with 25 points. Markale Kent had 13 points and Shawn Sherrell added 10 points.
Hayti was led by Jamestic Gooden's 14 points.
Charleston will host Portageville on Friday at 6 p.m.
Oran 62, Meadow Heights 36
ORAN -- The Lady Eagles improved to 11-8 in a home victory against Meadow Heights.
Oran was led by Tiffany Glastetter's 14 points. Erica Michelsen had 10 points.