PHS Eagles looking to soar

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Pleasant Home Eagles (6-6) varsity boys’ basketball team are riding a high note as they enter Christmas break with a two-game win streak.

“After starting the season off 4-2, we ended up going through a bit of rough patch,” Pleasant Home head coach Troy Turman said. “We lost to Samson, Andalusia, Straughn and Goshen. Those are four very good teams that will probably be in or close to making it to their regional tournaments.”

The loss at Straughn came on a buzzer-beating tip in, but miscues are what ultimately cost the Eagles, Turman said.

“When we played Goshen, it was another game where we played great for three quarters, but got sloppy with the ball in the fourth,” Turman said. “We were up on them, but ended up losing by nine because we turned the ball over too much at the end.”

Over the weekend the Eagles participated in the Brantley Christmas Tournament and came away with a third place finish.

“Our first game Saturday we played Brantley and we didn’t play our best, but we found a way to win,” Turman said. “We really needed a win like that. It was a win that we had to gut it out in the fourth quarter. Most of our wins so far have been against teams that we knew we should blow away. It was really good for us to get a gut-check win against a good Brantley team.”

Turman said that the team’s chemistry has also really began to grow.

“The biggest stride we have made so far this season is coming together as a team,” Turman said. “Early in the year, we struggled to find rhythm while we were playing different lineups. I really felt like in during the Brantley tournament we made some really big strides coming together as a team.”