After a strong fourth quarter, the Elyria Christian High School boys basketball team claimed their first sub-state championship after defeating Central Christian High School 62-55 and has qualified for the state tournament.

 “We had to earn this win tonight, and I saw a group of boys truly leave everything out on the floor. Central Christian played hard, and Nate Heneha was spectacular for his team,” Eagles head coach Zach Goodrich said.

 The game was close throughout the first three quarters. However, the Eagles dominated in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Cougars 22-10.  Aidan Fields shined for the Eagles after scoring 20 points, and shooting 80 percent from the basket.

 “We had to make some adjustments to slow him down, but even then he continued to make difficult shots. It was a real team effort to slow him down. Central Christian is a great team, very well-coached and its always a great contest when we meet each other,” Goodrich said.

 At 20-2 The Eagles hold the No.2 seed in the Class 1A DII and will face No.7 seed Axtell High School in the quarter finals on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the United Wireless Arena in Dodge City.

 “It was a joy to see the boys celebrate after a hard fought game, and know that all their hard work from the beginning of the season has paid off. Hopefully we can continue to get healthy and be at our best next week at the State Tournament,” Goodrich said.

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