After a first-round bye in the Class 1A Division II Sub-State tournament, the Elyria Christian School boys basketball team defeated Stafford High School 62-51 on Thursday night. The Eagles will move on to the finals to face Central Christian High School at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

“We were in a different position this year, not having to play until the second round of sub-state. I was not sure how we would come out and play, but we started the game with a good bounce in our step. There was good ball movement, and we were able to find the open man early,” Eagles head coach Zach Goodrich said.

Four players were in double-figures and made at least 55 percent of their shots. Caleb Froese led the Eagles with 18 points.

“It’s nice to get a game in and have some other players step up. This is a special team, and I have said this all year. Froese was huge for us on the offensive end and on the boards. When he plays with that type of effort, it makes us a very strong team on both sides of the ball,” Goodrich said.

The Eagles outscored Stafford 18-6 in the first quarter, but the Trojans didn’t led up and would outscore the Eagles 18-8 in the second quarter, making it 26-24 at halftime.The game went back-and-forth in the second half, but the Eagles sealed the deal in the fourth quarter with their 60 percent shooting.

“Stafford did not lay down, and the second quarter they came out more aggressive and hit a few shots that helped get there crowd involved. I thought our boys stayed poised when they made some runs,” Goodrich said.

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