Eagles take down Cougars, fall to Orediggers in overtime
The Eagles came out ready to rumble on Friday when they suited up against Colorado Christian University. Scoring right away, with a layup from Justyn Anderson, redshirt freshman point guard from Las Vegas, the Eagles took off in a head-to-head battle with the CCU Cougars. The Eagles came out on top and won the contest 75-71.
The whole game was a close one, with either team leading by no more than single digits. However, most of the intense action happened in the second half. Chadron started the second half trailing by only six points, but kept up the intensity all the way until the end, when Zac Bargen, junior guard of Chadron, made the last four, clutch points.
With about four minutes left, Bargen scored a three-pointer to put the score up to 65-62. Then, Avery Redmond, of CCU, now 13-9 overall, responded with a three pointer to tie the score. Redmond led the Cougars with 21 points, three assists and one steal. With two minutes left, Kendrick Holliman, sophomore forward of Spanish Fort, Ala., swished two free throws, and Bargen made the last two points off of free throws . Chadron had a great free throw percentage of 89 for the night.
Bargen was leading scorer for the Eagles totaling 20 points, but had lots of help. Holliman had 16 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. According to Head Coach Brent Bargen, defense was a key to the victory for Chadron.
“We allowed two offensive rebounds versus CCU which is exceptional,” Head Coach Brent Bargen said. “I think our effort was better, both physically and more important mentally.”
The exciting action continued on Saturday night when the Eagles faced the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers.The student section was full of students dressed in nerd attire, cheering for the Eagles on the court while the band played their songs of support.
“I would like to publically thank the student body, and Dr. Schuler for leading the tremendous CSC band, and Mollie Jones and Kristina Harter for their support for our program. Not many RMAC schools have a band that play at games and ours puts the ones that do to shame!” Bargen said.
Unfortunately, not even the trumpets or drums could spur the Eagles on to a win, when they lost in overtime 75-70.
Action started out in favor of CSM when they pulled ahead 9 to 2 within three minutes of play. However as the first half progressed, Chadron picked up the pace and cut the lead to one at half with a three by Bargen. Bargen led the Eagles once again with a total of 30 points, and also helped out on defense with nine rebounds.
After a drive in and a made layup from Dominique Watkins, freshman point guard of San Diego, Cali., CSM’s lead was at it lowest with two points. Vinich scored the last four points to take the game into overtime. Then in the overtime period, CSM’s Brian Muller, lead scorer with 23 points, made a clutch three pointer with about 50 seconds left to lift the Orediggers to a 75-70 win.
The Eagles travel to Colorado for two more contest against University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and Colorado State University-Pueblo Friday and Saturday.