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Eagles battle Panthers in hoops play

By Tony Perez | 37th Training Wing Public Affairs Office | Jan. 25, 2008

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS — With three minutes left in the third quarter, point guard D.J. Sanders threw a lob pass to small forward David Clark, resulting in a thunderous dunk.

That play put the exclamation point on a game that had been decided in the first quarter, as the Boys Varsity Team cruised to a 70-30 victory over Nueces Canyon High School on Jan. 22.

Clark finished the game with 12 points, while Sanders was the game-high scorer with 15 points. Center Jaxon Moton chipped in 14 points and shooting guard Mike Loar tallied 13 points in a game that featured a very balanced scoring attack of outside shooting, slashing through the lane and post-play.

"It's hard to keep our intensity up in these types of games," said head coach Mike Flores. "I try to make the practices more intense and focus hard on execution."

The Eagles raced to an 18-0 lead midway through the first quarter before coach Flores started mixing up his substitution patterns. At the end of the first quarter the score was 26-1. The Eagles opening onslaught allowed the bench players to gain some much-needed experience.

"I'm trying to get some guys playing time that haven't been getting a lot of time all season so that they become more familiar with the offense and playing with the starters," Flores said.

With the win over their bottom-dwelling district rivals, the boys team remained undefeated in district play.

While the boys team's biggest obstacle of the night was maintaining their intensity, the girls team endured one of their toughest challenges all season.

The Girls Varsity Team faced a Cougar team that was undefeated in district.

The Cougars came out very aggressive and dominated the boards, tallying a 17-6 lead after the first quarter. The Eagles never really found their rhythm after that and fell 68-40.

Stacey was led by point guard Shana Holmes, who scored 18 points, and center Cordia Harvatin, who scored 10 points.