GARRETT — A 0-14 start to the Eagles’ season notwithstanding, Churubusco’s three games prior to Saturday night had gone down to the wire.
Only one resulted in an Eagle win, but it would be hard to doubt their moxie. Saturday night in Garrett, the Railroaders derailed Churubusco’s recent run of close games, as the Eagles were beaten soundly 54-38.
“We didn’t play as well as we’ve been playing,” said Churubusco head coach Mike McBride. “Unfortunately, it was a night where we didn’t perform as well we would have liked.”
Churubusco’s largest deficit in the game was 26 points.
The Groundhog Day match-up felt like the Bill Murray movie of the same name, as Garrett repeatedly outscored Churubusco in each of the first three quarters.
The Eagles were outdone 15-8 in the first quarter, 13-5 in the second and 16-7 in the third.
The Eagles made 30 percent of their field goal attempts, hitting 4-of-18 3-point shots and going 6-for-10 from the free-throw line.
Churubusco trailed 52-27 with 1:45 in the fourth quarter. The Eagles finished the game with a 11-2 run that yielded the 54-38 final.
T.J. Campbell, Luke Lillmars and Cory Sarrazin each scored six points to lead ’Busco.
Beau Barkley stuffed the stat sheet with three points, six rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Hayden Kilgore contributed five points and pulled down six rebounds.
Not appearing in the score book for the Eagles was Brent Simmons. In 12 minutes on the court, he did not score. Simmons left the game early with a nagging ankle sprain he had suffered last week at Central Noble.
The Eagles will host Northeast Corner Conference opponent Hamilton Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
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