For the second time this season, the Turlock Christian High Eagles (10-13, 5-6) boys’ basketball team met the top team in league — Brookside Christian (18-4, 11-0) — and once again felt the deficit as they lost 47-76 at home on Thursday night.
On senior night, the Eagles established the pace of the game early on in the first 10 minutes before the Knights put the game out of reach with a huge second half run that essentially ended with a 29 point victory after beating TC by 44 in their previous meeting back in Jan. 16.
“We didn’t quit, we battled and even with the officiating throwing some fouls against us, we fought till the end,” TC head coach Eddie Sai said. “That’s what I wanted from the guys they really battled all the way till the end.”
Kenyon Williams of BC caused major issues for the Eagles defense after scoring a game-high 20 points to go along with his eight rebounds.
The Knights forced the Eagles to turn the ball over 15 times while they only turned the ball over five times for the entire game.
TC senior Kameron Vogt scored a team-high 12 points and rebounded seven as the Eagles had only six guys score for the game.
“Turnovers hurt us tonight,” Sai said. “They are a fast team and they are ranked highly and always going to finals and you have to give them credit for causing turnovers. It was good to see where we are at with the last few games left and if were ready to make the playoffs.”
The Eagles are currently sitting in the sixth seed for the Division-VI playoffs after the loss.
“We want to win two of the final three to secure a solid spot in the postseason and perhaps host a playoff game at home,” said Sai. “We are a solid sixth seed right now. We might be on the road but we will take it as long as we get in.”
The TC Eagles were down by only five at 15-20 with just under seven minutes left in the first half before the Knights went on an 18-7 surge to end the second quarter with a 16-point lead.
The Knights 38-25 run over the Eagles would crush the home teams hope of a comeback and instead handed the Eagles their second loss in three games.
“Our guys were frustrated and couldn’t believe this is a Christian team by the way they were smack talking from the bench,” Sai said. “It was ugly and I told our guys that they will try to get in our heads, that’s what happens once you get in a players head, they are done for the night and that is what took place tonight towards the second half, they got into our heads and turned it into a psychological game.”
The next game for the TC Eagles will be against Elliot Christian at Tokay High at 7 p.m. Saturday.