It was a party like atmosphere at Davenport Gymnasium as Harrisburg and Eldorado renewed a county rivalry.
Fans certainly got their money worth in the early going as the two squared off, trading jabs in the form of points as Harrisburg and Eldorado treated the crowd to eight lead changes and four ties over the course of the game's first six minutes.
In the end, Harrisburg had the upper hand as size and experience proved to be the real difference in a 82-47 victory in the second night of the Harrisburg Invitational.
The party may have very well been for Bulldog sophomore Corbin Crim, who's coming out party included 20 points off the bench. Crim shot 7-of-9 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Harrisburg (2-0) put two other players in double figures as Eli Taborn-Scott led all scorers with 22 points, including 18 in the first half as the Bulldogs built a 48-27 lead. This coming after taking a 10-point, 23-13 lead after the first quarter. Bahari Amaya tacked on 10 points.
Tyler Deaton dumped in 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting for Eldorado (1-2), who's biggest lead was in the first quarter after Deaton drilled a 3-pointer to take a 9-6 advantage.
Harrisburg has now won three straight over Eldorado and the Bulldogs have won 22 straight games at Davenport Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs are now 24-1 all-time in the Harrisburg Invitational and have won 16 straight for Randy Smithpeters in the tournament. The only loss came to Carmi-White County in the 2009-10 season.
The Bulldogs' head coach was happy with the win and happy with the effort, but saw plenty that Harrisburg needs to improve on, quickly.
"It's early in the season, so there are a lot of things we are going to evaluate, but I thought there were times in the first half when we didn't play hard. That showed in the scoreboard and the Eagles came out and played very hard. I expected that and I think when we played hard, we played well.
"Corbin Crim come off the bench and played really well in a lot of phases of the game. I was happy with Eli-Taborn Scott, who played a strong, powerful game, like we know he can. I was also happy with Bahari, who didn't have a very good night, but played hard and that was something you evaluate with a player. When something isn't going very well, that's the adversity that we really haven't faced before."
Eldorado's Joe Clark said this season really will be a learning curve. Not just for his Eagles, but for himself included.
"Hats off to Harrisburg, who is a good club and obviously executed better than we did tonight. I thought our kids fought in small spurts and we're taking baby steps in the direction we need to go. I told coach Smithpeters after the game, we're not ready right now, but we will be. I hope it's sooner rather than later.
Page 2 of 3 - "We'll take it in stride and keep working all year. It doesn't matter the adversity, we'll keep our guys going in the right direction."
Turnovers haunted Eldorado Wednesday night as the Eagles were on the wrong end of 21 miscues, many of which led to easy buckets on the other end of the Bulldogs.
Deaton kept Eldorado in the ballgame with 10 third quarter points as Harrisburg outscored the Eagles 23-19 in the frame to take a 71-46 lead going into the fourth.
"He's a warrior.," Clark said of Deaton. "He competes and you always know you're going to get competition from him. Sometimes we fail and sometimes we succeed, but I feel very fortunate to have him on my team. He's a good senior and will do some good things for us down the stretch.
With the impending winter weather on the way, Harrisburg officials were unaware of any contingency plan regarding Friday night's game.
As it stands right now, Eldorado will square off with Gallatin County, starting at 6 p.m. It will be the second time in a week, the Eagles and Hawks will have played. Eldorado earned a 71-66 victory last Friday in Junction.
The final game of the night will be against Carmi-White County and Harrisburg at 7:30 p.m.
Harrisburg is 16-7 all-time against the Bulldogs through the six years of the Harrisburg Invite.
Michael Dann can be reached at mdann@dailyregister.
FG FT R PF TP
Deaton 8-17 2-4 2 3 20
Lawrence 3-6 0-0 2 2 7
Graceffa 2-10 0-0 2 1 4
Burnett 3-7 0-0 4 3 6
Mayberry 2-5 3-8 10 1 7
A. Partridge 0-1 0-2 5 5 0
E. Partridge 0-6 1-2 3 1 1
B. Partridge 1-1 0-0 1 1 2
Boulds 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Molinarolo 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Totals: 19-53 6-14 29 19 47
FG FT R PF TP
Houston 2-8 4-7 5 3 9
Goldman 3-6 1-2 5 3 7
Simerly 4-6 0-0 4 4 8
Amaya 4-13 1-2 7 0 10
Scott 10-17 4-4 7 0 22
Crim 7-9 6-7 4 1 20
Street 1-2 1-1 0 0 3
Batts 0-2 0-0 2 1 0
Gregg 0-2 0-0 2 0 0
Barger 0-0 1-2 0 1 1
Lane 1-1 0-0 1 1 2
Fowler 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Owen 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Carrigan 0-0 0-0 1 1 0
Bittle 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Total: 32-66 16-35 38 13 82
3-POINT FG: Eldorado 3-10 (Deaton 2-3, Lawrence 1-2, Graceffa 0-2, Burnett 0-2), Harrisburg 1-7 (Houston 0-1, Amaya 1-3, Street 0-1, Gregg 0-2). TURNOVERS: Eldorado 21; Harrisburg 11
Page 3 of 3 - SCORE BY QUARTER:
1 2 3 4
Eldorado 13 14 19 01
Harrisburg23 25 23 11