The Purdy Eagles made it a perfect sweep on Tuesday night, knocking off the McAuley Warriors 47-35 just two hours after the Lady Eagles beat the Lady Warriors to win their championship.
|The boys game was definitely a defensive battle for both squads despite usually good offenses. McAuley came in averaging 61 points per contest and Purdy 58, but neither offense was able to get much done.|
|The Eagles got out to an early lead using an 11-4 spurt. McAuley answered in the second and grabbed the lead, scoring six straight to go up 12-11. It would be the only lead for McAuley all night. Purdy quickly put a 7-0 run together to regain the lead and took an 18-14 advantage in at half.|
|The team's offenses found a little more room in the second half with Purdy scoring 29 and McAuley 21.|
|McAuley closed the gap in the third at 20-19, but once again Purdy rallied, scoring 9 consecutive points to put the game out of reach. The 9 points was part of a 14-1 run for the Eagles. McAuley again made a few runs but got the gap under 10 only once more as the Eagles marched on to victory.|
|The Eagles' biggest strength in the ball game was their aggressiveness, particularly on the boards. Purdy out-rebounded the bigger and taller McAuley team 38-32. Purdy's defense also held the Warriors in check. McAuley's top three scorers, who average 41 points, were held to a combined 19 points.|
Blake Williams led the Eagles on the evening, finishing with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Williams, with his slim 6'0 frame, took rebounds away from the 6'4, 250-pound McAuley center. The junior did an excellent job of using his athletic ability to help the Eagles.
Mason Roller also had a good night. The junior showed off the versatility of his game, scoring 15 points and coming up with seven rebounds. Others scoring for Purdy included Michael Shuey 8, Ryan Veith 2 and Trent Goetz 2.
|The Eagles (18-8), coached by Chris Kennedy, will now move on to play state-ranked Clever (25-3) on Wednesday at Missouri Southern State University at 7:30 p.m. If Purdy wins that contest, the Eagles will face either Mansfield (19-7) or Laquey (25-3) at Willard High School on Saturday, March 8 at 2:45 p.m.|