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Trio of Eagles keep ’Busco perfect in NECC

December 18, 2010

’Busco seniors splits two Prairie Heights defenders Friday night as one of three Eagles to score in double figures. Nicodemus finished with 17 points. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

   CHURUBUSCO — Three Churubusco Eagles worked to score double digits on Friday night against the Prairie Heights Panthers to pull out a 73-58 win.
   Tyler Arrowsmith, Hunter Nicodemus, and Jordan Turner combined for a total of 36 points, giving the Eagles their second conference win.
   Both Prairie Heights and ’Busco came into the game with a two-game win streak.
   With a 20-12 lead after the first quarter, the Eagles continued to hammer the Panthers, scoring six unanswered points in the first two minutes of the quarter.
   “We started really well,” Churubusco head coach Michael McBride said.
   Turner racked up seven of his 10 points in the second quarter with a pair of free throws, a three-pointer, and a two-point jump-shot.
   ’Busco continued to gain on their lead, finishing the first half at 43-27.
   The Eagles faced a dry spell in the third quarter. ’Busco only scored four points in the first five minutes.
   Fouls plagued the Eagles, with Prairie Heights having a 5-1 advantage.
   “We got a little bit careless in the second half,” McBride said.
   In the first 16 minutes of play, ’Busco only had three turnovers, but in the second half, the Eagles turned  the ball over 21 times.
   But ’Busco’s Chris Jones and Arrowsmith stole the momentum back for the Eagles.
   With 2:15 left in the third quarter, Jones scored, then Arrowsmith leapt for a block at the other end of the floor.
   Arrowsmith scored off an offensive rebound in the next possession, then Jones picked up the team’s second consecutive block on the defensive end.
   Jones finished off the third quarter with a free throw, settling the score at 54-46.
   Arrowsmith recorded a team-high 19 points for the Eagles.
   “He’s been good for us, we knew we could use him in this game” McBride said.
   Nicodemus grabbed nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, scoring 7-for-8 in free throws.
   The Panthers fouled six times in the final 2:30 of playing time and the Eagles used the free throws to their advantage, shooting 10-of-12.
   The score settled at 73-58 after a free throw with 17 seconds left, by ’Busco’s senior Dylan Herendeen.

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