BAKER CITY — The Joseph Eagles boys basketball team had a tough night of shooting Thursday as they fell short to the Triad Timberwolves, 61-41, after landing close on only 29% of their shots the entire game.
"It's hard to come back from that," Eagles head coach Olan Fulfer said.
Led by seniors Ethan Roe and Michael Irvine, the Timberwolves started off hot and never looked back as they ended the first quarter up by 11. Head Coach Jason Young was impressed with their efforts, especially with Irvine's shot selection.
"He was shooting the kind of shots that we like him to shoot," Young said. "He's a hard matchup."
Down on the post, Eagles senior Hadley Miller went toe-to-toe with 6-foot-5 Timberwolves senior Ethan Moritz. Fulfer wasn't surprised to see Miller's efforts, as he has been playing that way all season.
"He'll go against bigger guys, that's what Hadley always done for us," Fulfer said. "We are definitely going to miss his size, toughness and mentality."
Going into the half, the Timberwolves were up by 16 points. Young encouraged his guys to maintain the momentum and not be distracted by what the score was.
"We can't look at the scoreboard, and we needed to keep being aggressive," Young said. "I kept telling them to play the way that they play."
Though still down, the Eagles began to make more of their shots in the second half. Mason Ferre managed to improve, as he made three out of his five shots in the third and led the Eagles in scoring with 13.
"I was happy with it. I wanted him to be a little more of in attack mode, (and) he did that in the second half and got his three ball going," Fulfer said.
Even as more shots fell for the Eagles, the Timberwolves maintained the tempo, never letting their lead go lower than 16 points as they walked out with the victory.
Ferre was the only Eagle in double figures as he finished with 13 points. Miller scored nine, and Chase Murray scored eight points and added nine rebounds.
Irvine scored 17 points to lead Triad. Roe had 16 and Moritz scored 14.