Falcons respond to back-to-back losses with win at New Athens
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / elveradosports.com
December 18, 2018
(Ekville & New Athens, Ill.) - Elverado suffered back-to-back home losses to tough foes Cobden and Thompsonville on December 14 and 15, but went into the holidays on a high note by knocking off New Athens on the road on December 18 to improve to 10-3 on the year, 3-1 in the SEC. Their next trip to the floor will be at the Duster Thomas Hoops Classic in Pinckneyville, which begin on December 27.
The Falcons were in it all the way against the Appleknockers, taking them to overtime before falling 51-46.
"We knew Cobden was going to be a tough game going into it, and a big conference game,” said EHS head coach Jacob Emling. “I thought we played our best game of the year. Our intensity level was up, our defense looked good, we just couldn't score enough down the stretch to keep ahead. Coach (Wendell) Wheeler has done a good job there, they are a very tough team."
Aquntez Penn and Dawson White led the Falcons in scoring with 19 and 15 points respectively. Sam Alstat added 6 points, and Isaac Floyd and Trey Bernardini each put in 3.
The following night against Thompsonville, the Falcons were competitive for a half, but were torched after the break 35-9 for a final score of 65-31. EHS had just two points in the fourth quarter.
"We came out with good intensity against Thompsonville as well and played them tough for a half,” Emling said. “I think in the second half they did a good job of wearing us down with their pace. They are a very good team as well, there is a reason they are still undefeated."
Thompsonville’s Corbin Fitch was a handful for Elverado, throwing in 27 points to lead all scorers. Penn had 20 for the Falcons, Floyd had 6, Alstat 3, and Tanner Shread 2.
White missed the Thompsonville game with an injury, but would return at New Athens in a big way with 17 points, including 13-for-13 on free throws, 10-for-10 in the fourth quarter, as EHS won 57-48.
”It was nice to bounce back at New Athens and get a win heading into Christmas,” said Emling. “We couldn't get a lot going on early offensively and rebounded very poorly in the first half. The boys did a good job of staying the course and our defense got us points in transition in the second half."
Penn (17) and Floyd (15) were also in double figures for EHS. Alstat aded 6 points, Michael Shearer had 2.
Photos by Doug Daniels / ElveradoSports.com