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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Boys Hoops: Splitting The Difference

  • Eldorado gets weekend split at home over weekend
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  • Eldorado head coach Joe Clark saw some resiliency in his Eagle basketball club after suffering a 26-point loss to Black Diamond Conference leader Johnston City Friday night.
    The Eagles rebounded with a hard fought 57-53 win over Hamilton County Saturday night at Duff-Kingston Gymnasium.
    “As it played out, we were able to take advantage of some matchups and some athleticism at times,” Clark said. “As far as reflecting where we are at this point in the season, we really just wanted to earn win for our kids to build upon. They have been working hard in practice and games, we just need to be more efficient to find that success early on and that’s what happened (Saturday night.)”
    The Eagles (2-5, 1-1) got a game-high 17 points from senior guard Tyler Deaton, while holding off a late charge by the Foxes down the stretch, hitting some clutch free throws.
    Eldorado went 21-for-27 at the charity stripe in the ballgame and were able to put together two important quarters in the second and third to come away with the win. Hamilton County finished the game going 18-for-30 from the foul line.
    Dylan Lawrence scored 12 points as the only other Eagle to notch double figures, while Ethan Partridge put up seven points. Richard Graceffa scored six points, while Clay Boulds and Nathan Burnett each finished with five points. Adam Partridge scored four points and Adam Ninness had a free throw.
    “Lawrence was aggressive, a senior that has started for two years and it sparked us. Deaton did his normal thing and managed a good game.”
     
    Hamilton County 05 17 17 14 – 53
    Eldorado 09 18 16 14 — 57
    Hamilton County (3-5, 1-3): Braden 7 1-3 15, Stevens 3 7-9 13, Gay 3 2-4 8, Anselment 0 6-8 6, Vaughn 2 0-0 5, Scattone 1 2-4 4, Billington 1 0-2 2. Totals: 17 18-30 53.
    Eldorado (2-5, 1-1): Deaton 6 5-6 17, Larence 4 4-4 12, E. Partridge 2 3-3 7, Graceffa 2 2-2 6, Boulds 1 3-4 5, Burnet 1 3-4 5, A. Partridge 2 0-2 4, Ninness 0 1-2 1. Totals: 18 21-27 57.
    3-pointers: Hamilton County 1 (Vaughn), Eldorado 0. Fouls: Hamilton County 27, Eldorado 26.
     
    Johnston City 66, Eldorado 40
    ELDORADO — Deaton was the only player to score in double figures for the Eagles in a loss Friday night to the Indians as the senior guard put in 19 points.
    Eldorado struggled out of the gate, falling behind 24-7 after one quarter of play and trailed 37-15 at halftime.
    Luke McCormick connected on six 3-pointers for Johnston City, finishing with a team-high 18 points.
    Ninness added eight points for the Eagles, while Derek Mayberry finished with five. Lawrence and Adam Partridge each had four points, while Graceffa had three points and Ben Partridge scored two points.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We tried to do a few things early in the game that cost us and JC did a good job of taking advantage of it,” Clark said. “Our offensive production was lacking and we just got beat by a better ballclub, it just would have been nice to get a bette flow.”
     
    Johnston City 24 13 17 12 — 66
    Eldorado 07 08 10 15 — 40
    Johnston City: Tanner 2 3-4 7, Zeigler 3 9-9 15, McCormick 6 0-0 18, Smith 0 0-2 0, Davison 6 0-2 12, Burns 5 4-5 14. Totals: 22 16-22 66.
    Eldorado: Deaton 4 5-8 14, Lawrence 1 2-2 4, Graceffa 1 0-0 3, Mayberry 2 1-3 5, A. Partridge 2 0-0 4, B. Partridge 2 0-0 4, Ninness 2 2-2 8. Totals: 12 10-15 40.
    3-pointers: Johnston City 6 (McCormick), Eldorado 4 (Ninness 2, Deaton, Graceffa), Fouls: Johnston City 15, Eldorado 19.

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