LOST SPRINGS — A home court advantage was not enough to fend off a motivated Elyria Christian School boys basketball team.
The Eagles defeated host school and No. 1 overall seed Centre, 67-43, in the semifinals of the Centre Classic Friday night, and will play for the tournament championship at 6:30 p.m. against Solomon.
Aidan Fields had a dominating performance with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Tyler Thiessen pitched in with 12 points and another 8 rebounds.
“We came out extremely hot which propelled us to an early lead that we were able to maintain throughout the game,” head coach Zach Goodrich said. “I thought we took care of the ball and ran our stuff well. We’re looking forward to playing int he championship tomorrow night.”
The hot start Goodrich is referring to was a 21-8 first quarter lead that set the tone. The second and third quarters were tight, but the Eagles dominated the fourth quarter, 24-13, for the upset win.
The Eagles take on Solomon at 6:30 p.m. for the championship.
The Elyria Christian School girls were also winners Friday night, jumping out to a 19-5 first quarter lead and coasting the rest of the way. The Eagles were solid for the first three quarters, before losing the fourth quarter 10-2. ECS led 34-13 after three quarters and went on to win 36-23.
“The first quarter was our most productive eight minutes of offense we have had all season,” head coach Greg Fields said. “Bailey Unruh hit her first three 3-pointers in the first quarter and really opened up the game for us. She was outstanding defensively as well with six steals.”
Unruh led the team in scoring with 15 points. Christin Vetter pitched in with nine.
The Eagles will play for fifth place at 2 p.m. Saturday against Herington.