Holy War Basketball Preview, By: Jack Loesch ’19

The Eagles will be heading back to Sullivan Gym this Saturday, January 20th, where they have fallen to the Wildcats the past two years in very tight games. Two years ago, the Eagles lost by 1 after Tommy Schmock couldn’t hit all three foul shots to force overtime after being fouled while shooting a three with just seconds left in regulation. Last year, the Wildcat’s star player, Matt Davet, banked a miracle half-court shot at the buzzer to force overtime, in which the Wildcats prevailed. However, the Eagles got their revenge in the District Championship in the playoffs last year in a 19 point rout of the Wildcats. The Eagles are seeking to start a win streak against the Wildcats on Saturday.

The Eagles are looking good this season, with an 11-3 record and one of the toughest schedules in Northeast Ohio. Sophomore Montorie Foster and junior Meechie Terry have been playing some great, consistent basketball, as they have been producing many points per game throughout the season. Senior PJ Flannery has been hot from three all season long. All around, the whole Eagle squad has been contributing to a very successful season thus far. Also, sophomore and starter Grant Huffman is finally back after an ankle injury in the season opener.

The Wildcats have the task of replacing stars, Matt Davet and Austen Yarian. They have some talented players that can do just that. On New Year’s Eve, the Wildcats defeated St. Vincent St. Mary by 2 points in a thriller. That following Friday, the Eagles defeated St. Vincent St. Mary by 7 at home. The only other similar opponent between the Eagles and the Wildcats is Cornerstone Christian Academy. The Eagles handily defeated CCA by 30 points at home early in December. Less than a week later, the Wildcats fell to CCA by 10 points at Sullivan Gym, snapping a 25 game home winning streak for the Wildcats.

Going into Saturday, the Eagles are coming off a 14-point away loss to a very talented Toledo St. John’s team. On the other hand, the Wildcats are riding a four game win streak. They have a game the day before the Holy War against University School at Sullivan Gym; they are expected to win that one, and the Wildcats most likely will be heading into a battle against the Eagles on a 5 game win streak. The Eagles will have to stay focused this week and continue to work on improving.

The Holy War will be sold out, and it will be a great atmosphere for the players and fans alike. Go Eagles!