The O'Neill Eagles had a couple of close games during the last week.
On Tuesday, Jan. 28 the Eagles played host for the Norfolk Catholic Knights. The two teams battled back and forth, but at the end of the first quarter the Eagles had 18 points on the board and the Knights had 11. The second quarter was neck and neck as both teams put up 19 additional points, but at halftime, the Eagles still led by seven points.
The third quarter proved to be the Eagles' quarter when they managed to add 29 points to their tally and held the Knights to just adding 18 points. In the final quarter the Eagles were outscored when they added 19 points to the Knights' 24, but the damage was already done. At the buzzer the Eagles led 85-72.
Leading scorers for the Eagles were Peyton Mathews with 27 points, shooting 75 percent from the three-point range, 88 percent from the floor and 100 percent at the free throw line and getting four rebounds; Landon Classen 26 points, including five shots from the three-point range, shooting 67 percent from the floor and 88 percent at the free throw stripe with five rebounds; Kolby Dean with 20 points, making 2/3 of the shots in the three-point range, shooting 100 percent at the free throw line, with 22 rebounds and one steal; Keegan Moore nine points, two rebounds and one steal; and Brady Sidak three points and one steal.
OHS 15 10 8 17 85
NC 12 9 14 22 72
Then on Thursday, Jan. 30 the Eagles loaded up for the quick trip to Atkinson to face the West Holt Huskies. Again this was a close game.
In the first quarter the Eagles managed to get 15 points on the board, but the Huskies were close behind with 12 points. The second quarter was even closer with the Eagles getting 10 more points on the board and the Huskies adding nine more to their tally. At halftime the Eagles led by four at 25-21.
The Eagles struggled in the third quarter only getting eight more points to add to their total while the Huskies put up an additional 14 points. The fourth quarter the Eagles had 17 more points to add on the board, but the Huskies passed them with 22 additional points. At the buzzer the Eagles were defeated 50-57.
Leading scorers for O'Neill were Moore with 12 points, including three shots from the three-point range, shooting 50 percent at the free throw line and getting one rebound; Dean with 11 points, making two shots in the three-point range, 75 percent at thr free throw stripe and getting nine rebounds; Sidak nine points and two rebounds; Andrew Alder nine points and one rebound; and Michael Poese five points, four rebounds and five steals.
Leading the Huskies were Garrison Hansen with 19 points, Logan Wieneke 15 points, Jakeem Brown 11 points, Max Roberts eight points and Rumen Rentschler four points.
OHS 15 10 8 17 50
WHHS 12 9 14 22 57