Bobcats roll past Pleasant Home

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 21, 2018

The Pleasant Home Eagles couldn’t get much going in the opening half as they fell 56-27 to the Paxton Bobcats on Thursday night in Pleasant Home.

Paxton came out and picked up the first basket of the game.

Pleasant Home answered right back with nice bucket from Austin Kelley.

Kelley celebrated his 18th birthday on Thursday.

Paxton then took the lead back when freshman Kawanius Sanders nailed a 3-pointer.

A few minutes later, Sanders connected again from downtown to put the Bobcats on top 10-2.

The Bobcats continued to build their lead as they went up 16-2.

The Eagles got another bucket from Kelley to cut the Bobcat lead down to 16-4.

However, Paxton closed out the period strong and took a 20-4 lead into the second period.

Sanders opened up the scoring for Paxton in the second period with another 3-pointer.

Kelley picked up a free throw in the period, but that is all the Eagles were able to pick up against the tough Paxton defense.

Paxton continued to pour it on as they went up 39-5 heading into halftime.

The Eagles picked up the pace in the third period and got the first bucket on a nice shot from Brady Sowards.

Paxton then tacked on the next two buckets to go up 43-7.

A few moments later, Kelley was fouled on the way to the basket.

Kelley knocked down both shots to bring the score to 43-9.

The Eagles got to double digits a few minutes later when Kaleb Piland hit a free throw to make the score 45-10.

Kelley found his stroke from the corner when he buried a 3-pointer for the Eagles late in the third period.

After three periods of play, Paxton was on top 46-16.

Pleasant Home started the final period with aggression as Logan Royals knocked to a bucket to open the fourth period.

Pleasant Home’s Andrew Wood picked up the hot hand as he dropped in 3-pointer to cut the lead down to 50-21.

A few moments later, Wood found the bottom of the bucket again from downtown to make the score 53-24.

The Eagles continued to fight to the end as Brenden Dougles knocked down a 3-pointer.

Paxton was then able to hold on for a 56-27 victory.