The weather played havoc on the holiday tournaments played last week. The O'Neill Eagles traveled to Stanton to take part in their tournament on Friday, Dec. 27.
Their first game was against the Hartington-Newcastle Wildcats. This was a hard fought battle. O'Neill took the lead in the first quarter, marking up nine points and holding the Wildcats to five. The roles were reversed in the second when the Wildcat's added 10 to their score and the Eagles only managed five more, sending them into halftime down by one 15-14.
The second half, the Wildcats came out strong putting 11 on the scoreboard while the Eagles only added eight to their score. The fourth quarter was exciting right to the buzzer as the Wildcats added an additional nine points for a total of 35 and the Eagles narrowly passed them with 37 points after adding 15 points in the fourth.
Leading scorers for the Eagles were Landon Classen with 14 points, shooting 50 percent from both the three-point range and the two-point range, having two rebounds and one steal; Kolby Dean with seven points, five rebounds and three steals; Andrew Alder six points; Peyton Mathews four points, one rebound and three steals; Brady Sidak with two points, four rebounds and two steals; Michael Poese two points, two rebounds and two steals; and Mason Walsh two points and one steal.
OHS 9 5 8 15 37
HHS 5 10 11 9 35
Due to the bad weather West Holt declined to travel for the second game.
On Friday, Jan. 3, the O'Neill Eagles got back into regular play when they hosted the Crofton Warriors. The Eagles came out tough, scoring an impressive 23 points in the first quarter and holding the Warriors to nine. The second quarter was a little closer as the Eagles added 15 points to their score and the Warriors added just four less with 11. At halftime the Eagles led 38-20.
The second half was a little tougher as the Warriors outscored the Eagles 10 to nine in the third and seven to three in the fourth quarter. But the impressive lead in the first quarter managed to still give the Eagles a 50-37 victory.
Leading scorers for O'Neill were Dean with 14 points, shooting 100 percent from the three-point range, having 10 rebounds and one steal; Sidak with 11 points, making three of five three-pointers, having two rebounds and two steals; Keegan Moore with nine points and one steal; Alder six points, two rebounds and one steal; Classen six points and two rebounds; and Poese four points and one steal.
OHS 23 15 9 3 50
CHS 9 11 10 7 37
The Eagles also played host to the Adams Central Patriots on Saturday, Jan. 4.
O'Neill struggled keeping up with the Patriots as they were outscored in three of the four quarters. In the first quarter the Patriots put up 17 points while the Eagles only managed to get nine. The second quarter lengthened the Patriots lead when they added 23 points and held the Eagles to just four. At halftime the Eagles trailed 40-13.
The second half started the same way with the Patriots adding 16 more points and the Eagles only getting six more on the board. The Eagles finally scored a six more points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough. The Eagles took the 67-36 loss at the buzzer.
Leading the Eagles were Dean with 11 points, shooting 71 percent from the free throw line, with one rebound and two steals; Sean Coventry with seven points and two steals; Classen six points and two rebounds; Walsh five points and three rebounds; Poese four points and one rebound; Sidak with two points; and Mathews with one point and three steals.
OHS 9 4 6 17 36
ACHS 17 23 16 11 67