The sequel is never as good as the original.
Such was the case when Eldorado met up with Carrier Mills-Stonefort Tuesday night at Duff-Kingston Gymnasium as the Eagles improved to 9-1 with a 77-50 win.
The last time these two teams met — at the Vienna Classic — Eldorado was bailed out on a game-winning 3-pointer by Braden Attebury.
On Tuesday night, the game started the same way the last one ended at Vienna —with Attebury drilling a 3 to get things started.
From there, Eldorado went to work with nearly flawless execution. The Eagles used the first four minutes to force CMSF into four turnovers, while shooting 6-of-8 from the floor and getting 11 quick points from Attebury to build a 15-7 lead.
Eldorado closed out the first quarter up 21-9 and took a 39-16 lead into the locker room, holding the Wildcats to 6-of-18 shooting from the field and forcing them into nine first half miscues.
Eldorado made its fair share of buckets, going 17-for-27 shooting and out rebounding CMSF 15-6 on the glass, many of which came on the offensive end as Eldorado got the majority of second chance opportunities.
EHS head coach Josh Bradley said the start was pivotal in not having a repeat performance from the school"s last meeting.
"Carrier Mills slowed it down on us the first time out and we knew we were going to have to come out early and press, even if we gave us some easy layups, to try and get them to run and play our style of game. It worked to our favor with the flow, we were able to get a quick lead and keep that tempo the whole game."
Eldorado outscored the Wildcats 18-17 to end the third quarter up 57-33 and both clubs used a majority of the fourth quarter as they emptied their benches.
Attebury was three points shy of his season-high, but still scored a game-high 24 points for Eldorado as he knocked down five triples on the night. Ethan Partridge also finished in double figures for the Eagles as the senior forward dropped 17.
Carrier Mills-Stonefort (4-6) got a team-high 20 points from Justice Hill, while Dylan Schwartz also finished in double figures with 10 points.
Eldorado finished the night going 33-for-57 from the field and banged home 7-of-18 3-pointers and finished 5-of-12 from the free throw line.
Carrier Mills-Stonefort was 20-of-42 shooting in the game and went 5-of-16 from beyond the arc and shot 5-of-11 from the free throw line.
Eldorado returns to action Thursday in a make up game from Saturday when they play host to Hamilton County.
Michael Dann covers prep and college sports for the Harrisburg Daily Register and Eldorado Daily Journal. Follow him on Twitter: @spydieshooter.
Eldorado 21 18 18 21 — 77
Carrier Mills-Stonefort 09 07 17 17 — 50
Eldorado: Meredith 3 2-2 9, Oglesby 1 0-0 2, Partridge 8 1-2 17, Traxler 4 1-1 9, Attebury 9 1-4 24, Kasiar 4 0-3 8, May 3 0-2 6, Cannimore 1 0-0 3. Totals: 30 5-12 77.
Carrier Mills-Stonefort: Gibbs 2 2-5 7, Walker 1 1-3 4, Hill 9 2-4 20, Shaw 1 0-0 3, Schwartz 4 0-0 10, Lollis 2 0-0 4, Barners 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 5-11 50.
3-pointers: EHS 7 (Attebury 5, Meredith, Cannimore), CMSF 5 (Schwartz 2, Gibbs, Walker, Shaw). Team Fouls: EHS 14, CMSF 11.