Bad start hurts W.S. Neal B-team Eagles against Jackson

Published 3:51 pm Monday, January 11, 2010

By By Adam Robinson
sports editor

Tuesday night’s game against the Jackson Aggies was not the start of the new 2010 year that the W.S. Neal B-team Eagles would have liked—literally.
The Eagles were held scoreless in the first quarter while Jackson jumped out to a 17-0 lead en route to a 63-26 win over the Eagles of East Brewton.
The loss dropped W.S. Neal to 4-6 overall this season.
Following the shutout in the first quarter for the Eagles and the 17 points for the Aggies, Jackson extended their lead to 19-0 in the first minutes of the second quarter before Marquese Banks finally got W.S. Neal on the board with a 3-pointer at the 4:35 mark in the second quarter—7:25 without a basket to start the game.
Following the 3-pointer for the Eagles by Banks, Jackson quickly went on a 6-0 run to take a 25-3 lead with 2:28 left to play in the first half.
The Eagles would score six points in the quarter to Jackson’s 10 to trail by 21 points at the half, 27-6.
Things began to look better for the Eagles in the third quarter as all their points were by 3-pointers and Dalton Evans led the charge with three straight for the Eagles to cut the lead to 33-13 with 3:57 left to play in the third quarter.
Following Evans three 3-pointers for the Eagles, Jackson went on an 18-0 run over the next 2:02 to turn an 18-point lead into a 36-point lead.
Jalen Harrod would add the final 3-pointer of the quarter for the Eagles with 16 seconds left to play, but W.S. Neal would be outscored 26-12 in the quarter and trail by 35 points heading into the fourth quarter at 53-18.
In the fourth quarter, the Eagles continue their 3-point streak as Evans and Banks had two in the quarter for six of the Eagles eight points, but the Aggies of Jackson went on an 8-0 run to take a 63-21 lead with 1:21 left in the game.
Lorenzo Womack added W.S. Neal’s final two points of the game with six seconds left as the Eagles lost 63-26.
W.S. Neal had seven 3-pointers in the loss with six coming in consecutive scoring opportunities.
Evans led W.S. Neal in scoring with 12 points, all 3-pointers, and was followed by Banks with eight, Womack with three and Harrod with three.
W.S. Neal was set to be back in action on Friday at home against B.C. Rain.
The Eagles will take on Northview on Monday on the road at 4 p.m. for the first of five straight road games and will take on T.R. Miller on Tuesday in Brewton at 4:30 p.m.