Ellwood boys hold off Crenshaw

Published 10:40 pm Tuesday, January 24, 2012

B.J. Harris goes up for a shot in Ellwood Christian Academy’s 62-46 win over Crenshaw Christian Academy. Harris and the Eagles are hoping to finish strong and defend the Class 1A state championship. -- Robert Hudson

In a rematch of last year’s AISA Class 1A state title game, it was the same outcome, as the Ellwood Christian Academy Eagles defeated the Crenshaw Christian Academy Cougars 62-46 at home on Tuesday.

Steven Hendrieth, head coach of the Eagles (13-6, 5-0), said his team was ready for the rematch and for a chance to avenge a loss to the Cougars earlier in the season.

“We came out with a lot of intensity because we played them one time this year at Crenshaw … and we ended up losing by three, and of course this is a rematch of the state championship, so the guys were amped up to play the game and we performed really well,” Hendrieth said.

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After trailing for the majority of the first three quarters, the Cougars took their first lead of the game midway through the third, but the Eagles fought back to take a 39-36 lead into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter belonged to the Eagles right from the start, as D.J. Edwards scored on a layup to push Ellwood ahead 41-36 with 7:48 left.

After Kachavious Blevins drained two free throws for Ellwood, the Eagles came right back down the court after a Cougars’ miss and Edwards hit another basket to make it a 45-36 game with 7:08 left to play.