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Eagle boys improve to 4-1

The Brady boys used a balanced offensive attack to gain a pair of victories over the weekend and improve to 4-1 on the season.

Five players scored in double figures against Hitchcock County Friday night as the Eagles defeated the Falcons 64-46.

“That is huge to get five kids in double figures,” said coach David Jacobs. “With this group of kids, you never know who’s going to have the big game. Against Hitchcock County, I guess they all did.”

Senior Sawyer Burke led the way with 19 points with Zach Mann and Tyler Egenberger contributing 11 and 10 respectively.

“I expect those three to be leading us every night,” Jacobs said.

But it was a pair of players with little varsity experience who shined in Jacobs’ eyes.

Bryley Roper and Michael Neiman gave the Eagles the spark they needed against the Falcons.

Roper, a first-time starter, had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

At barely 5-foot-9, Jacobs said Roper is not intimidated by anyone.

“He’ll get right in there and rebound with the big guys,” the coach said. “He jumps so well, he’ll take the ball right out of their hands.”

Neiman, who didn’t play basketball last year, scored all 12 of his points in the second quarter to give the Eagles momentum going into halftime.

“We played good team ball,” Jacobs said. “The thing is, these kids really don’t care where the scoring is coming from as long as it keeps coming.”

Brady used similar balance to defeat pre-season No. 9 state ranked Loomis on Saturday 61-56.

“We tried to make it a little more of a half-court game,” Jacobs said. “I think switching back and forth between man and zone defense made them a little uncomfortable.”

The score was tight the whole way with nothing more than a six- or seven-point lead either direction, the coach said.

The Eagles trailed 27-23 at halftime and were still down 39-38 going into the fourth quarter.

That’s when seniors Burke and Egenberger took over.

“They had a huge fourth quarter, especially at the free throw line,” the coach said.

Burke finished with 18 points while Mann added 15 and Egenberger had 13 points with 10 rebounds.

“We’ve beaten some teams with good records,” Jacobs said, “but there’s a lot of season left. We’re going to have to continue to improve.”

The Eagles will play Stapleton/McPherson County in the first round of the Maxwell Booster Tournament at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (today) with the finals on Thursday.

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