Golden Eagles face first loss of season
What a difference a day makes.
On Friday night, the Eastern Utah men's basketball squad destroyed the Colorado Kings basketball team 119-73. But it was a very different story of Saturday afternoon when ProLook Sports handed the Eagles their first loss of the season. The game ended on a missed three point attempt for the Golden Eagles and a 99-97 defeat.
In the Friday night game the Eagles had seven players scoring in double figures including double-doubles by Jonathan Mills and Cameron Evans. Mills had 19 points and 15 boards, while Evans put up 15 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Also contributing to the offensive flurry was Aaron Hawk-Harris with 17 points, Maxim Zakharov adding 16, Brady Hurst stuffing in 12, Brandon Williams with 11 and Trevor Bamgartner adding 10. The team put up 70 points in the second half alone to dominate the game.
But on Saturday, the Eagles just could never seem to get rolling. They would grab a small lead, just to see it slip back away. They held a slight edge at the half. In the second period foul trouble hit the team hard. By the end of the game four Eagles were warming the bench after collecting five fouls.
Mills was the bright spot in the offense with 37 points and 15 rebound to collect yet another double-double. Zakharov contributed 21 points while Hawk-Harris added 10 and Bamgartner hit for 11.
Coach Brad Barton was less than pleased with the effort on the court from his squad.
"We played awful. We were out worked and we haven't been out worked all season. We didn't make things happen, we didn't force turnovers and we had our chances to win late in the game, but we gave it away."
He went on to add, "There are many lessons for us to learn from this including how to close a game. Four guys fouled out and that just is not acceptable."
The team will get a chance to redeem themselves with a pair of games in Wyoming this weekend. They will take on Central Wyoming on Friday and then Western Wyoming on Saturday.