by Topher Rzasnicki
While the majority of the student body spent Christmas break relaxing and spending time with family, the Eagle basketball team has been hard at work.
Over the break the team went undefeated with a perfect 6-0 record, including a thrilling 58-57 win over Lewisville in the Plano tournament. The Eagles also participated in the HISD tournament, where they had signature wins over Sam Houston and Worthing.
Tournament highlights included a semi-final finish in the HISD tournament, which was comprised of 32 different Houston area teams.
Meanwhile, the Plano Tournament included a big win over Lewisville, who TABC ranked 4th in the state among 5A public schools. The Fighting Farmers gave the Eagles a run for their money, but with strong defensive games by sophomores Jacob Strong and Jeremy Peck and a 27 point offense outing by senior Jamie Keating, the team notched their biggest win of the season.
Outside of tournament play, the Eagles demolished SATCH with a convincing 86-41 victory and took care of Westside 66-57.
The team was a dominate force over the break and proved that they are, in fact, ready to compete for a state championship.
“The team played really well,” head coach Jonathan Kwok said. “We moved the ball really well and defensively we did a good job in the half court sets.”
Now that the season is well on its way, it is time for the team to start sharpening up and prepare for district play. In their first district game, the team was victorious against Concordia Lutheran, kicking off district play at 1-0.
The game was a long, hard-fought battle where the Eagles had an early first half lead. But by the fourth quarter, the Crusaders were down to only nine points. However, the Eagles held on for the W and were victorious.
Senior Jabari Jackson started the game and filled the shoes of Peck, playing impeccably defensively and finishing plays on offense.
The Eagles have always been a contender for the district crown in past years and are looking to continue that winning tradition.
The team now faces their most difficult opponent and are looking to stay undefeated in district play.
“We know most of their schemes and know most of their sets,” Kwok said. “They are a flawed team and we have to make sure we exploit those flaws.”
The Eagles will have their annual clash in the Battle for Shepherd on Jan.17, at Pius.