The Mount Union boys’ basketball team was on the road at Wingate Tuesday evening to take on Bald Eagle in a non-league contest. The size and physicality of the Eagles kept the Trojans off the boards most of the night. Mount Union was within two points at the break, but down the stretch, Bald Eagle pulled away for the 64-45 win.
The Trojans (5-6) had two players reach double figures with River Terry hitting for 15 and Quinten Posey adding 12.
Jaden Jones had the hot hand for Bald Eagle with 24 points, including three from behind the arc. Drew Bucha hit for 12 points.
“We played decent in the first half, but missed some opportunities early,” commented Trojan head coach Scott Hand. “Their size bothered us all night and the physicality kept us off the boards. We did not move the ball well in the second half and they beat us down the floor, leading to layups. We did not play consistently enough on both ends of the floor. We need to have a better mental focus for longer periods of time.”
The teams matched up well in the first quarter, trading buckets and keeping the game close. Posey hit for eight points, including a pair of treys, in the quarter. Dylan Gearhart added one from behind the arc. Bald Eagle spread 16 points around and ended the first quarter with a three-point lead.
In the second quarter, Jones hit for eight points with two treys and three other players scored. The Trojans continued to play well and hit bucket-for-bucket with Terry hitting for eight including two from behind the arc. Gearhart added his second trey and Kobe Hand drained a three-ball to allow Mount Union to edge Bald Eagle by one point in the quarter. The Trojans were behind by two points at intermission.
Bald Eagle came out in the third quarter and gained momentum, scoring 18 points. Jones hit for 11 of the 18 points. Terry scored seven and Posey added four points. Mount Union fell behind by nine going into the fourth quarter.
Bald Eagle continued to control the boards and score in the fourth quarter. They held the Trojans to just seven-points and they put up 17. Bald Eagle spread the scoring around and logged the win.
The Trojan (5-2) junior varsity won a 38-36 decisio. Trey Heffelfinger led the way for the Trojans with 17-points.
Wednesday night, the Trojans are back on the road at Williamsburg for an ICC North game.