Cliff Colimon protects the ball as he drives to the basket in an earlier game against Western Wyoming. The Eagles take them on again this week in Wyoming, before returning home Saturday to play in front of what they hope will be a large hometown crowd.
One of the best starts in a while for CEU sees them sitting on an 11-0 perfect record. With wins last weekend over Harcum College out of Pennsylvania ( 91-82) and Salish Kootenai College from Montana (92-59), the team continues to ready themselves for a run for the SWAC conference title.
On Friday night it took only seven CEU players to do all the damage. Six of those were in double figures. Emery alum Chandler Pearson led the charge with 17 points and eight rebounds. Mike Scott, Aaron England and Nick Thompson each hit for 14. Darington Hobson just missed another double double with16 points and nine rebounds. Phillip Thomas added 11. Stephen Franklin was the only other Eagle to score.
Despite the win Coach Chris Craig wasn't satisfied with everything he saw on the court, "We played terrible defensively. Guarding and containing the ball is a major, major issue for us. We also gave up 19 offensive rebounds and turned the ball over 23 times which I'm very disappointed in. Chandler Pearson, named MVP of the tournament, really stepped up offensively and hit five 3 point field goals. Aaron England also played really well."
On Saturday, the Eagles took on SKCC and had their way with the underdog team. Thomas did a lot of damage with 18 points and eight rebounds. Pearson had another great game with 11 rebounds and Johnathan Scott got on the board with 13 points. Fernando DeFavari rounded up the offense with 14 points and eight rebounds.
This game was more to Coach Craig's liking, "We played one of our most complete games of the season winning by over 30 points. I came out and challenged our team defensively and they answered the tone by holding that team under 60 points. Everyone, one through 12 really came in and competed and played their tails off."
"The new NJCAA poll comes out on Tuesday and I expect us to be ranked in the top 25 in the country for the first time in a long time for CEU. We then finish with a home game against a very good all-star team on Saturday at 5pm. I hope the community can come out and support us in our last home game before Christmas break. We have good kids on our team who go to class, make good decisions off the court and play hard on the court. We would greatly appreciate it if we could get the gym packed for our kids because we have a national caliber team and I don't think people will be disappointed in what they will see in the BDAC!" emphasized Craig about the outstanding start his squad has had.
The team hits the road for Rock Springs, Wyo. this Tuesday. They soundly beat the Mustangs earlier in the season.