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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Boys Basketball: Eldorado bucks Fairfield for first home win

  • Eagles also notch first conference victory heading into an open field
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  • Tyler Deaton and Joel Boulds paired up for eighteen points each during what may have been the Eldorado Eagles biggest win thus far into the season.
    After putting the Fairfield Mules away at home 74-61, the Eagles soar into Black Diamond East Conference play with a good win over a comparable team.
    Both began the season young and inexperienced, with the fate of their win-loss column mostly in the hands of sophomores and juniors.  
    And in high -pressure varsity basketball games, players are forced to either fall or forge ahead as underdogs.
    The Mules were definitely the underdogs Tuesday night against the Harrisburg Bulldogs, as were the Eagles against the Gallatin County Hawks Nov. 30. Though neither team could pull off the upset, each stood their ground and went into Friday night’s matchup having possibly played the best teams they will all season long.
    “Our conference is wide open,” Zurliene said. “All the teams went into to season knowing any team could out on top.  But we knew a little about Fairfield going into tonight’s game and after a couple of good practices after our loss to West Frankfort we were able to fix a lot of our mistakes and walk in here tonight with a solid and well executed game plan.”
    But what set the Eagles apart was senior leadership. After earning a spot on the Vienna Classic All-Tournament Team earlier this season, Boulds made it clear early on that he had just that.
    He started the game off hot after being fouled while hitting a jump shot, later hitting his free throw as well. This three-point play set the pace for the Eagles in the early minutes of the first quarter. 
    But the Mules 6-foot-6 sophomore center Nathaniel Lackey, who lead all scorers with 21 points, kept his team in the game until the last quarter, when Deaton pushed the Eagles ahead 63-58 in the last seconds before the final quarter.
    The fourth quarter belonged to the Eagles, with Deaton and Boulds both hitting pairs of free throws to solidify a win particularly special for Zurliene, who’s beat the Mules only once since he’s been head coach.
    “I’m a Fairfield native but it always feels good to get a conference win,” he said. “Especially against my alma mater.”
    Fairfield         17 18 20 6— 61
    Eldorado         22 14 18 20— 74
    FAIRFIELD (61): Griffith 2 0-0 4, Rodgers 6 1-2 14, Fry 3 2-4 9, Simpson 2 0-0 4, Lackey 9 3-10 21, Gifford 2 0-0 5, Greifzu 2 0-1 4. Totals: 26 6-17 61.
    ELDORADO (74): Boulds 5 6-6 18, Deaton 4 8-10 18, Street 1 4-6 6, Wiseman 6 1-2 13, Lawrence 5 2-2 12, Graceffa 3 0-0 7. Totals: 24 21-26 74.
    3-Pointers: Fairifled 3 (Rodgers, Fry, Gifford); Eldorado 5 (Boulds 2, Deaton 2, Graceffa). Team Fouls: Fairfield 21, Eldorado 15. Records: Fairfield is 2-4, 0-1 in the BDC East; Eldorado is 3-5, 1-0 in the BDC East.
    Page 2 of 2 - Carrier Mills 49,
    Hardin County 39
    ELIZABETHTOWN — Darren Betz scored 14 points to lead Carrier Mills past Hardin County.
    Carrier Mills         11 18 11 9 — 49
    Hardin County         9     8 10     12— 39
    CARRIER MILLS (49): Taborn 5 0-2 10, Bailey 2 1-4 6, Summers 2 0-0 4, Figg 5 0-1 11, Betz 4 4-4 14, Whiting 1 2-3 4. Totals: 19 7-14 49.
    HARDIN COUNTY (39): Vaughn 2 0-2 4, Conn 2 0-0 4, Austin 7 1-2 15, Winters 3 5-6 14, Dutton 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15 6-11 39.
    3-Pointers: Carrier Mills 4 (Bailey, Figg, Betz 2); Hardin County 3 (Austin, Winters 2). Team Fouls: Carrier Mills 15, Hardin County 11. Fouled Out: Taborn. Record: Carrier Mills is 2-6, 2-0 in the Greater Egyptian Conference.

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