Eagles finish second at Bulloch tournament

by | December 28, 2005 12:00 am

By ANDY CALLAWAY

By ANDY CALLAWAY

Behind the hot shooting of Joseph Sparks and Adam Callaway, the David Emanuel Academy Eagles ran out to a 14-2 lead before outlasting host Bulloch Academy 40-35 in the opening round of the BA Christmas tournament last Friday night in Statesboro.

Sparks finished the night with a game high 17 points while Callaway tossed in 12. The win, the second over Bulloch this season, improved the Eagle’s record to 4-2 and earned them a spot opposite Frederica Academy, who had defeated Thomas Jefferson in game played earlier in the day, in the championship game on Saturday.

Jamey Watson chipped in with six points while Jason Cochran contributed a first quarter three pointer, the eagles fourth shot from behind the arc in the opening eight minutes. Casey Clark accounted for half of DEA’s third quarter points with a close range jumper during that stanza. William Spigener led the Gators with 10 points.

The championship game versus Frederica was a bizarre affair that saw the Knights employ a four corner stall for much of the first half. Frederica, with a 6-4 lead, held the ball just inside the half court line in attempt to draw the Eagles out of their 2-3 zone. DEA, with Adam Callaway on the bench with two fouls, was content to stay put while the clock ran. Late in the half, Joseph Sparks was able to get a steal and drive down for a layup. But he was fouled on the play and converted one of the two charity shots to cut the lead to 6-5. Callaway then re-entered the lineup and hit a three pointer to beat the buzzer and give DEA a 8-6 halftime lead.

In the second half, DEA was never able to get on track offensively as they scored just 12 points, six in each period. The Knights tallied 11 in the third period and 13 in the fourth to come away with a 30-20 win and the tournament championship.

Sparks led the Eagles with eight points and Callaway finished with seven. Frank Wimberly and Brandon Blount each contributed two and Greg Glover added one for DEA. Grayson Mitchell led Frederica with 11.

The Eagles, 4-3, will return to action following the Christmas holidays when they travel to Louisville to take on Thomas Jefferson Academy in the first region game of the season.

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