The Eagles forced 20 turnovers with full-court pressure and produced several easy baskets on 12 steals against the Bulldogs.
"Our goal with the pressure is to create as much chaos and havoc as possible," said East Prairie first-year coach Matt Schonhoff. "The press gave us some easy baskets and we converted the turnovers into points."
South Pemiscot jumped out quickly on the Eagles and led 19-16 after one quarter of action. Jeremy Patton jump-started the Bulldogs with 10 points in the quarter.
Early in the second quarter, both big men for East Prairie and South Pemiscot got into foul trouble. Saddled each with three fouls, 6-foot-5 Felix Spates of the Bulldogs and East Prairie's leaper Tony Jones, both hit the bench with six minutes to play in the quarter.
The Bulldogs seemed to lose focus once Spates sat down and the Eagles took advantage with a 10-1 run and led 28-21 with four minutes left in the second quarter.
East Prairie outscored South Pemiscot 18-6 in the second quarter and were led by cat-quick guard Paris Tipler who poured in eight points in the quarter. The Eagles led at the half 34-25.
"We did not play with enough effort tonight," said South Pemiscot head coach Chris Moore. "East Prairie outplayed us in every aspect of the game. They outworked, outplayed and just wanted the game more than us. We are just not real good right now."
The Eagles took control in the third quarter with a nice combination of outside shooting and inside play from Jones. M.C. Williams hit two 3-pointers and Jones controlled the interior with seven points in the quarter, as East Prairie raced out to a 50-31 lead with four minutes to play in the third.
"I thought we did a great job of pushing the ball up the floor and not committing any silly turnovers," said Schonhoff. "Our guards made us go tonight and they made all the right decisions. They were patient and looked for Tony down low when they had to and pushed the ball up the court for fast break opportunities when available."
South Pemiscot was put in a tough situation in the midst of East Prairie's run in the third quarter when Spates was charged for his fourth foul and responded by pounding the ball into the floor. Spates was called for the technical foul and was out of the game with 5:10 on the clock in the quarter for his fifth foul.
"I have no idea where our heads were at tonight," said Moore. "We were not ready to play. Our kids played well in the first quarter and just quit after that. We have to work for four quarters to be a successful team."
The Eagles enjoyed the biggest of lead of the game at 56-33 on a spectacular alley-oop pass from Tipler to Jones, who threw it down with two-handed force that electrified the crowd.
"I am proud of the way that Tony played tonight," said Schonhoff. "He got into early foul trouble but played under the control in the second half. The kids are learning that they need to be on the floor for us to be successful."
Williams iced the game for the Eagles in the fourth quarter by going 8-for-8 from the charity stripe and sealed the 82-66 win for East Prairie.
All five starters scored 13 points or more for the Eagles led by Jones who had a team-high 17 points and 13 rebounds (nine offensive). Williams also had 17 points for East Prairie along with four assists and three steals.
Randy Woods poured in 15 points including two big 3-pointers for East Prairie, while Tipler and Tyler Branam each had 13 points. Tipler played inspired basketball for the Eagles and had a nice all-around game both on offense and defense. Tipler ended his night with five assists, four steals and three rebounds.
"Give East Prairie all the credit tonight," said Moore, "they came out ready to play and deserved the win. They simply wanted it more."
Sharp-shooter Patton led South Pemiscot with 22 points and had five rebounds. Maurichio Clay had 16 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists for the Bulldogs. Zach Clay rounded out the double-digit scorers for South Pemiscot with 13 points, six rebounds and had three steals.
South Pemiscot (4-2) hosts the Scott City Rams on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
East Prairie (4-1) travels to the Oran Eagles (4-2) on Tuesday. The J.V. game is set to tip at 6 p.m.