rivin Smith makes an aggressive push toward the basket during Ellwood Christian Academy’s 64-42 win over Lyman Ward Military Academy Friday night. The Eagles will host Cornerstone Saturday as they continue the push to defend last year’s state championship. -- Robert Hudson

Eagles fly past Lyman Ward

Published 9:31am Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Ellwood Christian Academy Eagles took the lead early in the first quarter and never relinquished it on their way to a 64-42 win over the Lyman Ward Military Academy Rangers Friday at home in AISA regional tournament play.

Eagles’ head coach Steven Hendrieth said tough defense and unselfish offense were the keys to Ellwood’s win.

“The key to victory was defense and we shared the ball unselfishly,” Hendrieth said. “We put a lot of pressure on them.”

The Eagles (17-6, 6-0) held a 46-35 lead entering the fourth quarter when the Rangers started to make a push, as Robert Ristance hit a three to open the quarter and cut Ellwood’s lead to 46-38.

Ellwood’s B.J. Harris hit one of two free throws and less than two minutes later scored in the paint to extend the Eagles’ lead to 49-38.

Lyman Ward’s Martin Jaurigui answered back with a layup to make it a 49-40 game with 4:43 left to play.

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