The Eminence Warriors put their second check in the win column in dominating fashion Saturday night, jumping out to a big early lead and winning 88-51 over Riverside Christian.
The Warriors started the basketball game on a 13-0 run, led 33-10 after the first quarter, 56-24 at the half and cruised in for the unchallenged 37-point victory. Eminence coach Chris Nethery said the teams decided to play with a running clock during the final two quarters to speed up the game and prevent injuries. Besides timeouts, the clock continuously ticked down the final 16 minutes.
Eminence started the season at 0-5 before beating Kentucky School for the Deaf, 49-43, on Dec. 17. The Warriors then lost six straight before the Riverside win for a 2-11 overall record. Saturday’s victory was just what Nethery was looking for.
“It definitely gives us some confidence,” the second-year head coach said afterwards. “It was one of the only times that we got four solid quarters of play from everybody on the court. We’ve strung together some good quarters against solid teams but this was the first time we played the entire time well. We’re starting to go in the direction we need to be headed.”
Eminence’s 30 first-quarter points, 56 first-half points and 88 total points were by far the most of the season. Previously, the most points Eminence had scored in a game was 57 in a 31-point loss to Evangel Christian in December.
Individually, freshman Bradley Foree was unstoppable with a game-high 32 points. He scored 20 in the first quarter alone and had 30 at the break. The starters played sparingly during the final half.
Besides Foree, Brandon Mitchell had 12 points and nine rebounds — both career highs — Jeremy Keller had 11 points, Dre Banta had nine, Jalen Dixie had six, Jordan Fairchild had five, Daishon Moore and Corey Reynolds had four each, Sawyer Sims had three and TJ Cooper had two. It was the first time this season Eminence had 10 different players score in a single game.
Anderson 89, Eminence 26: Eminence came out with its most intensity this season at Anderson County last Tuesday night, leading the Bearcats 12-9 after the first quarter. But Anderson outscored Eminence 32-5 during the second-quarter stretch and won 89-35.
Bradley Foree led Eminence with 17 points and 14 rebounds in what Nethery described as a performance that Anderson could not contain. Jordan Fairchild scored six points, Daishon Moore and Dre Banta had three points each, Jalen Dixie and TJ Cooper scored two points each, and Brandon Mitchell, Todd Adams and Conner Toole scored one point each.
Eminence led the first quarter from the start before Anderson took the lead for the first time in the second quarter and stretched it to 41-17 at the half. Anderson then outscored Eminence 21-13 in the third quarter and 27-6 in the fourth. Both teams are in the 30th District with Anderson 1-1 in district play and Eminence 0-2. Anderson improved to 10-3 overall with the win.
“We came out in a zone and played really physical. Anderson didn’t know how to respond at first,” Nethery said. “In that first quarter, our intensity was as good as it’s been all year. Then, we just got tired, lost our focus and Anderson took over.”
Collegiate 79, Eminence 34: Chris Nethery said his squad did not come ready to play last Monday night at Louisville Collegiate when the Warriors trailed 21-6 during the opening quarter and lost 79-34.
“From the first quarter on, we just didn’t come out ready to play ball,” said Nethery, whose team led both Anderson County and Henry County last week before faltering down the stretch in big losses. “If we show we can play with teams like Anderson County and Henry County for a few quarters, then we should definitely be able to play with a team like Collegiate. They have a nice team, but we can play with them.”
Collegiate was ahead 42-18 at the half and cruised in for the 45-point victory to improve to 5-4 on the season. Layth Masri totaled 25 points and went past the 1000th-point career mark to lead Collegiate to the unchallenged win.
For Eminence, Bradley Foree scored 11 points, Dre Banta scored seven, Jordan Fairchild scored six, Jalen Dixie scored five, Jeremy Keller scored three and TJ Cooper scored two. Banta hit Eminence’s lone 3-pointer.
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