By Bryan Davis
The Hebron Christian Eagles (12-7; 6-3) lead the Immanuel Rams 40-37 late in Thursday night’s district road match, but the Rams were able to answer with six unanswered points to claim the 43-40 win over Hebron.
The entire night was a shootout between the two division rivals. Immanuel jumped on top with a quick two-point shot to start the night, but Will Corbin Rogers quickly answered that with two of his own.
Taylor Coggins added two more points for the Eagles to answer a shot from the Rams to make it 4-4.
Down 6-4, junior David Kinard threw up the night’s first three-pointer to make it 7-6 Hebron. Chad Smith would add a three of his own to make it 11-10 Rams, who added one more shot to take a 13-10 lead over the Eagles into the second.
Early in the second, senior Carlton Clay finally got in on the scoring, sinking five straight points, including a pair of lay-ups. Rogers would then sink five quick points, with a lay-up and a three-pointer to make it 20-20 with 2:40 to go in the half.
Smith would then sink his second three point shot of the night to give his team a 23-20 lead at the break.
The third quarter was likely the difference in the game, as the Immanuel defense held Hebron to just six points. Smith put up his third three-pointer of the night, Rogers scored two and Clay got a single shot, as Immanuel took a 33-29 lead into the final quarter.
In that fourth, Hebron battled back, getting eight points out of Clay to eventually tie the game at 37-37, with less than five minutes to go. Rogers shot for three and made it to give the Eagles a 40-37 lead.
That lead would be short-lived, however, as three consecutive shots went in for the Rams that would go unanswered.
Clay finished the game with 14 points for the Eagles, and Rogers had a dozen on the night.
Smith had nine points, all coming off three-point shots.
The Eagles will play again tomorrow night, as they come to West Point to take on Oak Hill in a non-league match following the the girls’ varsity game. There will be no junior varsity action.