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Eagles fall to Terra Ceia

LASKER – It’s not often you have a scoreless quarter in basketball but fans attending the Northeast Academy game Tuesday night saw just that.

Trailing 22-14, Northeast held the ball at center court for most of the third quarter.

Senior Josh Jenkins passed the ball to Jeremy Parker, who held on to it until he was swarmed by two Terra Ceia defenders, forcing Parker to call a timeout with 1:22 on the clock.

Northeast in-bounded the ball and continued Head Coach John Brown’s game plan of holding the ball until they went into motion with less than a minute remaining.

Northeast missed their shot and Terra Ceia got one off before the buzzer but both teams were scoreless as Northeast stayed within eight points of the visitors.

Payne Snow scored three buckets to start the fourth quarter as the Knights extended their lead (28-14).

Jenkins drove to the baseline for a two but was answered by Mychal Parker.

John Pope dished the ball to a wide-open Brandon Futrell who dropped the ball in for two and Parker Brown hit from three point range to pull Northeast within nine (30-21).

Bradley Vanstaalduinen sank a foul shot and Wayne Woolard added a basket as the Knights took the conference win with 33-21.

&uot;We knew with their size that we had to spread the court and get them out of their comfort zone,&uot; said J. Brown.

&uot;We tried to spread the court, slow the game down, look for the best shot we could get so we could try to win in the fourth quarter.&uot;

The Eagles led early on after a jumper by Jenkins.

A trey from M. Parker and dunk by Vanstaalduinen put the Knights temporarily ahead but Jenkins converted a three-point play to tie the score at five.

Two M. Parker foul shots and a dunk gave Terra Ceia a 9-5 lead at the end of the first.

Jenkins, who scored all five first-quarter points for the Eagles, was forced to the bench after picking up his third foul late in the first quarter.

&uot;The other guys stepped up and did what they had to do,&uot; said J. Brown.

Pope drove the lane for two but was answered by two M. Parker buckets.

Hall Edwards sank both foul shots to keep Northeast within four (13-9).

Vanstaaldiunen scored from the paint before Pope hit the first of five-second quarter free throws.

The Knights scored five straight points, taking a 10 point advantage (20-10).

Pope was two-for-two at the line twice over the final minute to keep Northeast within six.

A bucket by Parker just before the half gave Terra Ceia an eight-point advantage.

Jenkins and Pope led Northeast with seven points apiece.

In Junior Varsity action, Davis Harrell blocked a game-tying shot with eight seconds remaining as Northeast held off the Knights, 14-13.

The Eagles led 6-0 at the half but the Knights pulled within two, 14-12.

Sent to the line with seconds remaining Terra Ceia missed the first foul shot but made the second to pull within one.

Northeast held off the charge for the win.

Will Glover and Brad Johnson were Northeast’s leading scorers with four points.

TCCA (33): Mychal Parker – 18, Bradley Vanstaalduinen – 7, Payne Snow – 6, Wayne Woolard – 2

NEA (21): Josh Jenkins – 7, John Pope – 7, Parker Brown – 3, Brandon Futrell – 2, Hall Edwards – 2