EHS hoops gets even with Buchholz


Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 12:16 a.m.

Consider it as payback.

After the Buchholz boys basketball team defeated Eastside earlier this season, the Rams returned the favor on Buchholz’s home court Tuesday night, beating the Bobcats, 67-59.

The win was a big one for the Rams (13-8), who have just one game on their schedule remaining before districts. And with only one senior and eight sophomores on the team, momentum is crucial down the stretch.

As for the Bobcats (10-13), they were on the heels of winning five of their last eight games, but in this contest, they fell behind by as many as 21 points in the second half and never recovered.

“They came out and jumped on us early, and we never answered the first punch,” Bobcats head coach Bob Horodyski said. “Our kids battled hard and they didn’t quit, and they tried to make a game of it. But we had too many missed free throws and too many missed layups.”

The Rams set the tone for the game early by getting out in transition and starting off on a 7-0 run. After Buchholz freshman Zach Schmidt hit a couple of 3-pointers early in the second quarter to cut the deficit to one, Eastside went on a 14-3 run to end the half and take a 12-point lead.

The Rams carried that momentum into the second half when they went on a tear offensively and didn’t miss a shot until 1:11 remained.

Bobcats freshman Josh Boyd’s eight fourth-quarter points helped Buchholz cut the deficit to six with 1:19 remaining, but a couple of costly turnovers on passes sealed the deal for the Rams.

“We’ve had a lot of losses this year, so we just have to keep on keeping on,” Horodyski said about whether the loss will affect his team in districts, which start Monday. “We just have to work on what we didn’t do well, and hopefully we’ll get better as the season winds down.”

Eastside sophomore guard Jerrod Owens and Boyd led all scorers with 18 points each.

After the game, a scuffle between a couple of fans ensued, and one of them was taken away by police.

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