The Eagles took an undefeated record on the road for their third district game against Kemper Academy. Hebron and Kemper are big rivals and the action on the floor proved no different.
A sluggish first half proved to not be a problem for the Eagles as Hebron entered the halftime interval up 20-18. In the second half, Hebron used a third quarter 13-0 run to pull away from the Rams, going on to win 53-36.
“We made some many critical turnovers in the first half,” said Head Coach Gary Vaughn about his team’s fighting through adversity in the first half, “In second half we cleaned up our execution and we started making things happen, which turned up our intensity.”
Hebron started off the first quarter very slow after a three week hiatus from the basketball floor. Hebron struggled during the whole quarter from the floor shooting, but an inspired effort by James Alan Moore in the first allowed for the Eagles only trail 10-7 to the Rams.
The second quarter allowed the Eagles to spread their wings a little more. From the final minute of the first period through the second quarter, Hebron had outscored the Rams 14-6. Through the midway point of the second, the Eagles were ahead of Kemper 16-14. Hebron had more energy and hustle then Kemper and it was starting to prove on the scoreboard. By halftime, the Eagles were still only up by two points, 20-18.
The Eagles came out on fire during the third period especially with help from their sixth-man Collin Moore. Hebron went on a 13-0 run and broke their lead wide open over the Rams. At the end of the third, Hebron was ahead 35-23.
“Collin Moore was our spark plug,” commented Coach Vaughn about Collin Moore’s second half performance, “He made some things happens, made some steals and caused a lot of pressure on them.”
The fourth quarter was a mirror image of the third as the Eagles dominated the Rams in all aspects of the game. Hebron used the fast break to put the slow-tempo Kemper in an uncomfortable position allowing for the Eagles to go on winning 53-36.
Leading scorer for the Eagles was James Alan Moore with 13 points. Also tallying points for Hebron were Collin Moore (12 points), Will Corbin Rogers (11 points), Hayden Carty (8 points), Drew Myatt (7 points), and Taylor Coggins (2 points).
The Eagles remain perfect in district play sitting at 3-0. If Hebron is able to continue their great play during January, the Eagles could possibly hold a one seed into the district tournament. The Eagles return to non-district action Monday January 6 against Winston Academy on the road.