• 50°

BECOMING A CONTENDER: Eagles playing like a team with playoff dreams

The Pleasant Home Eagles are tied atop the Class 1A, Area 2 standings after knocking off the Florala Wildcats on Friday night.

“I feel like we are playing good basketball right now,” Pleasant Home head coach Troy Turman said. “We are playing more consistent on both ends of the floor and we are executing on offense.”

After losing in their first area contest against Florala, the Eagles have rolled out three-straight area wins to join the Wildcats atop the Area 2 standings.

“I think it’s got a lot to do with the guys believing and staying the course,” Turman said of his team’s recent play. “In my opinion, we haven’t played an ‘A+’ game yet, but we are staying the course and making runs late in the game.”

Turman said the is players are beginning to believe in the system.

“The kids have really stayed positive this year,” Turman said. “I’m hearing them talk a lot more about wanting to win and host the area tournament. They have really been showing a lot of effort and have been more motivated this year. We were out of sync to start the season, but I think we have calmed down and gained momentum and confidence.”

Pleasant Home finishes up area play this week will games against Houston County (today) and Kinston (Fri., Dec. 19).

“We just to have to play with poise,” Turman said about closing out area play. “We have keys to victory for every game and our keys to Houston County have been the same since the first time we played them last year. We just have to play with poise and play with our heads.”

On Friday, the Eagles will host Kinston for homecoming.

“Friday is going to be a big night for us,” Turman said. “There is a lot going on with it being homecoming. The biggest thing about playing in big games is just to embrace the opportunity and have fun. I felt like that was something that we did Friday against Florala.”

The win over Florala also lifted the Eagles to an 11-11 record.

“We are back to .500 for the first time since starting 0-0,” Turman said. “It’s like we are starting over. We want to get two wins this week and see what happens.”