Ahead by three points, with seconds remaining in the game, the Eagles just needed to defend a three-point shot to walk away with their first win of the season. 

The Eagles did just that, with stellar defense in the last seconds, and the Lions weren't able to get a clean 3-pointer off, forcing McKinley Faria to take a desperate buzzer-beater shot that he missed. 

"We had really good defense there at the end," head coach Jonathan Whitehead said. 

Ben Johnson, nailed several clutch free throws late in the second half to help get the Eagles the lead. 

Bailey Hooley was in on the last play of the game where the defense just needed to stop the three point shot. Hooley said during that play he was thinking "Just stay with them, and don't foul on the three."

Hooley led all scorers in the contest with 20 points. 

Hooley said that while the final play game down to defense, it was the offensive side that led his team to that play. 

He added that he and his teammates were hustling all game long.

"That's the best I can do out there is just hustle every play," Hooley said. 

Whitehead added that he was impressed by his team's performance. 

"They gutted it out, they worked their tails off for 32 minutes, and got the win," Whitehead said. 

Whitehead said his team got the victory by outworking the City Christian players. The Eagles came out firing to take a large lead early in the second half, but a determined Lions team came back to tie the game 55-55 in the fourth. 

"They knew when they gave up that big lead that they were just going to have to outhustle the team," Whitehead said. "They were getting a lot of offensive rebounds there at the end to give us extra possessions." 

The Eagles travelled to Oakridge on Dec. 8 where they eked out another close win winning by one point with a score of 63-62. 


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