AE 53, Akron-Fairgrove 37
ARENAC EASTERN - Dec. 8, 2008 - Arenac Eastern is hoping for a dramatic change of fortune in its boys basketball program. In their season opener, the Eagles got off to a good start toward that end, defeating Akron-Fairgrove 53-37 for their first win of the season.
"We didn't play quite as well as we wanted," said AE coach Bob Morgan. "But for a first game I can't complain too much.
"We're just really happy to win."
The Eagles finished the first half with a 23-5 run that turned a 10-6 deficit into a 29-15 lead, getting points out of seven different players during the run.
But what probably pleased Morgan the most was how his team responded to Akron's attempt to come back in the second half.
Baskets by Trevor and Kyle Winnie brought the Vikings back to within 32-23 early in the third quarter and again pulled to within nine at 36-27.
But the Eagles' Brad King forced a steal and scored, Graham Morgan hit a short jumper and Kevin Kovacs added a hoop to build it back up to 42-27.
Terry Girard added two baskets to lead off the fourth quarter, and Shawn Norton's 3-pointer made it a 49-31 game with under four minutes to go.
"In the past these guys haven't always responded well in that kind of situation," Morgan said. "But when it started to get close, they did a nice job of regaining control of the game."
Graham Morgan had 12 points and 16 rebounds, Norton added 11 points and three assists and Kovacs nine points and nine rebounds for the Eagles (1-0).
Josh Repke scored 14 points to lead Akron-Fairgrove (0-1).