Borden boys come from behind to beat Eastern, follows that with win at Shoals PDF Print E-mail
By Evan Saylor
Special Correspondent
Tuesday night (November 22)  saw a packed gym as the Eastern Musketeers hosted the Borden Braves in a big rivalry match. Both teams showed promising moments of a good season to come despite being the first game of the 2016-2017 season. 

Between the two teams Borden has clammed 6 of the last 8 meetings against Pekin and picked up yet another victory as they came from behind to win 50-43.

The first half of the contest was all Pekin as they hit five 3 point baskets and at one point led by as many as 12 points. “We wanted to come out and play hard and I thought we did.  You have to learn to play smart and we didn’t do a very good job of that,” said Eastern’s  head coach Scott Newcomb

Eastern appeared that they were going to run away with the game after hitting three trips on three straight trips down the floor. However, following a technical foul on Eastern, Borden was able to get into a rhythm that earned them some easy shots and on the defensive end forced Eastern to turn the ball over.

“I really like my guys, I love my chemistry, and I think our guys are going figure some things out,” said head coach of the Borden Braves Doc Nash.

Borden came out of the half and took their first lead since early in the first quarter and only allowed 6 points in the 3rd quarter in the defensive end. The pivotal moment of the game is when Borden senior Nathan Bachman hit a huge 3 at the buzzer sounding the end of the third quarter to give Borden their biggest lead of the game so far. Now with a 38-33 advantage going into the final quarter Borden was able to do something they hadn’t done all game, slow down.

“In the forth quarter we wanted to slow down and spread. We took some really dumb shots but it’s November and I’m proud of my kids,” Nash said.

Borden, with the lead, was able to be patient with their shot selection and stormed out of the 3rd quarter 7-0 and lead by 10 with 5 minutes remaining. Despite Eastern’s late run to bring the contest within 4, Borden had done enough to create for themselves a cushion that couldn’t be over taken.

Borden now 2-0 after defeating Shoals Saturday hosts Lanesville on Friday. Pekin is at home Tuesday verses Scottsburg

Pekin’s leading scorers:

Marshall 10, Wallingford 10, Coats 6

Borden’s leading scorers:
McNew 14,  Hart 14 and Bachman 14. 
Borden’s scorers against Shoals were, Arnett 8, McNew 3, Bachman 13, Robinson 7, Noah Hart 11, Wagoner 3. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 10:10