A lack of offensive production continues to be a problem for the East Linn Christian Academy boys basketball team.

The Eagles were 7-8 overall and 2-3 in Central Valley Conference play after losses to Central Linn and Jefferson over the weekend.

The Eagles fell 55-36 at Central Linn and came up short, 57-50, at Jefferson.

ELCA was scheduled to host Oakridge on Tuesday, Jan. 15 and then play at Monroe on Friday, Jan. 18.

Against Central Linn, the Eagles struggled to attack the Cobras' smart, aggressive defense.

"Lack of execution on both ends. We knew they would play aggressive at the top and try to take away our posts. We just didn't execute good enough on offense," said coach Jonathan Whitehead. "We had a game plan in there and didn't execute."

The Eagles were without senior guard Preston Gerig due to injury. Sophomore Ethan Slayden was inserted into the starting lineup and played well, scoring four points.

"Ethan stepped up in that starting role for us, played hard," Whitehead said.

Sophomores Andrew Vandehey  and Jonnie Walusiak also saw playing time. Walusiak responded by hitting two 3-pointers. 

"We need to score points and if Jonnie can keep getting better on the defensive end, he's a good shooter," Whitehead said. 

Senior post Ben Johnson led the Eagles with 14 points and junior wing Trey Weller added seven. 

Senior guard Hernon Manuel led the Cobras with 15 points and fellow senior Robert Rowland added 13.

Teams in the Central Valley Conference will reach the halfway mark of their conference slates this week. Oakland and Jefferson are each 5-0 in league play and Central Linn is alone in third place at 3-2.


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