Eagles vie for tourney title

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Purdy entertains Billings in huge hardwood tilt

With less than a month remaining in the varsity basketball season, the Purdy boys find themselves in a tournament championship game tonight (Wednesday) against Billings in Sarcoxie.

The Eagles walloped Exeter, 86-30, to open tourney play, then waited until Mother Nature allowed them to play and defeated Sarcoxie, 70-51, on Saturday.

The title tilt, slated to tip at 5:30 p.m., is huge for the Eagles for a number of reasons, according to Coach Tommy Egan.

"We talked about the fact that every game we play from here until the end of the season is for a championship," Egan said. "From the Sarcoxie Tournament to our conference, and ultimately the district tourney. A win against Billings sets the stage for the remainder of the season."

With the weather delaying the championship until today, a win would boost the Eagles' confidence for the remainder of the season.

"These boys deserve to be rewarded for their effort and hard work this season," Egan said. "A championship would be something they could point to and show what they can accomplish if they play together."

Egan said Billings is a mirror image of his team, but that the Wildcats can hit the 3-point shot consistently.

"They like to fly around the floor," Egan said. "We have to lock down on their shooters. If we can keep them in check, I like our chances to win."

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