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The Eagle Mustangs Boys’ Basketball Team Pushes Through the End of Their Season

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The Eagle High varsity basketball team stands on the court after a game. The team takes a picture to commemorate senior Russel Gibson’s 1000 high school career points scored.

The boys’ basketball team has continued to work hard through their season as it soon comes to an end.  As of Feb. 23, the team has won 14 games and lost seven.  In conference, Eagle High has won five and lost four.  With districts coming up in a few weeks, and state approaching soon, the boys team continues to work hard to win their last few games that are remaining.

“I am super excited to go into districts and state,” said senior Cole Pugh.  “We have had some struggles earlier in the year, but I think we are getting hot at the right time and are going to be able to make a good run.”

According to maxpreps.com, on Jan. 16, the team played against Owyhee High in their yearly Battle of the Bolt game.  Last year, the Mustangs played in the Battle of the Bolt game on their home court, and although they lost the game, they won the fundraiser.  This year, the Battle of the Bolt game took place at Owyhee High.  In the first half of the game, the Mustangs fought hard but fell short 24-38.  The final score was 49-74.

After the tough loss to Owyhee High, the team went on to achieve a three-game winning streak.  On Jan. 19, in a home game against Rocky Mountain High, the Mustangs beat the Grizzlies 68-65.  On Jan. 23, the team played in an away game at Centennial High.  In this game, the boys continued with another win of 58-56.  Their next game against Kuna High was a home game on Jan. 27.  The team was able to beat Kuna High 65-51.

Seniors Cole Pugh, Russel Gibson and Hudson Van Alfen pose on the Eagle High basketball court. They take pictures to commence the season opener for the Eagle High varsity team.

On Jan. 31, the Eagle High boys played at Meridian High.  The Mustangs led the first half.  In the second half, they fell short with a final score of 51-65.  The boys team played in a home game against Middleton High on the second of February.  The Mustangs came out with a win of 57-46.  On Feb. 6, the Mustangs played Mountain View High and won 56-42.  A few days later, the team played Nampa at home for senior night on Feb. 8.  Eagle continued to beat Nampa 57-43.

“I’m excited to go play,” said senior Cal Huish.  “I think we can win, and our team has state championship aspirations.  Beyond that, we have the talent to get there, so I’m super excited about the chance to play this post season.”

The boys’ basketball districts tournament championship will be on Feb. 23.  To get there, Eagle High won a district play in game that took place on Feb. 10 against Borah High.  The Mustangs continued to a first round game Feb. 13 against Centennial High, but came short 52-56.  The boys’ basketball state tournament will be Feb. 29 to March 2 at the Idaho Center.

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