BY DOUG GORMAN
The Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy Chargers might have left Sharpsburg Friday night with their Region 5-1A record still perfect, but Trinity Christian made them work for it right until the end.
In a game that saw several lead changes, Eagle’s Landing Christian rallied in the fourth quarter en route to a 56-47 victory.
With the win, Eagle’s Landing Christian improved to 15-7 overall and 9-0 in region play. Trinity dropped to 10-12 overall and 4-4 in the region.
Trinity was paced by Maclean Hoekwater and Giancarlo Sanchez with 11 points each. Brady Burnett tossed in 9 points, including two 3-pointers for the Lions.
Trevon Reddish finished with 17 points for the Chargers to lead all scorers.
Trinity was playing its second region home game in less than 24 hours after beating Landmark Christian Thursday night.
Tyler Whitfield drilled a 3-pointer for Trinity to put the Lions up 46-45 late in the game.
Brady Burnett then hit a free throw for the Lions in what turned out to be Trinity’s final points of the night.
Eagle’s Landing closed out the game with an 11-0 run.
Kelvin Jones started the comeback for Chargers with a 3-point shot that pushed Eagle’s Landing Christian into the lead for good at 48-47.
Jones also stepped up his game from the free throw line, hitting all four of his chances in the last two minutes.
Trinity tried to stay in the game with some key plays on the defensive side of the court late in the fourth quarter.
The Lions blocked two Eagle’s Landing Christian shot attempts and also drew a charge to prevent fourth-quarter points by the Chargers.
Eagle’s Landing Christian led 17-12 at the end of the first quarter, getting some key offense from Reddish who scored nine points in the period.
His 3-point jumper increased the lead to 12-5.
The lead changed hand six times in the second quarter with Trinity outscoring Eagle’s Landing 21-10 to build a 31-27 lead at the break.
Six players scored for the Lions in the second quarter. Hoekwater caught fired in the period, hitting two shots from the field and also draining a pair of free throws. His final basket of the second quarter pushed Trinity out to an 18-17 lead. Eagle’s Landing’s Smith pushed the Chargers back into the lead with two free throws for a 19-18 lead. Jacob Blair also played a key role for the Lions in the second quarter, scoring baskets to twice push Trinity back into the lead. His second basket of the quarter gave Trinity a 24-22 lead. Trinity closed out the first half on a 7-5 run.
The two teams took turns exchanging the lead in the third quarter. Trinity relied on two 3-pointers in the third period. Sanchez’s 3-pointer pushed Trinity out front 38-37 and Burnett added a trey to give the Lions a 41-37 lead. Eagle’s Landing closed out the quarter scoring the last four points. Connor Fisher sank two free throws for the Chargers to cut the lead to 41-39 and Smith tied the game to close out the quarter and send the contest into the final period tied. Eagle’s Landing Christian 64, Trinity 34 (girls): The Lady Chargers built a 20-8 lead at the of the first quarter and extended it 47-14 at the break. With the win, Eagle’s Landing stays perfect in Region 5-1A improving its overall record to 17-3 overall and 7-0 in the league. Trinity dropped to 6-13 overall and 1-6 in region play. Catherine Skebo kept Trinity in the game early, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game a 6-all. Eagle’s Landing Christian, however, went on a 14-2 run to seize the momentum. Five different players scored for the Lady Chargers in the first period. India Bellamy’s basket gave Eagle’s Landing a 8-6 lead and it never trailed again. Bellamy scored eight of her 18 points in the first quarter to help the Lady Chargers pull away. After Eagle’s Landing scored 14 straight points in the first quarter, the Lady Lions broke their scoring drought when Kimmie Galka added a late basket for the Lions. Eagle’s Landing Christian outscored Trinity 27-6 in the second period. The Lady Lions’ only two baskets came when Kelly Fourman and Mattie McCraken hit 3-pointers. Eagle’s Landing pushed the lead to 60-22 after the third period. Skebo finished the game with five 3-pointers hitting two in first period, one in the third and two in the fourth to finish with 17 points.