Eagles win easily on the road

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 7, 2005


Sports Editor

QUITMAN-It was another easy night at the office for the Reserve Christian boys.

Taking to the road for the first time in the 2005 playoffs, the Eagles dominated Quitman, 107-59 Tuesday night to advance to the state quarterfinals.

Reserve took on Hamilton Christian on the road yesterday.

To no one’s surprise, the duo of Demond “Tweetie” Carter and Kevin Branch once again led the Eagles. The two combined for 61 points, with Carter leading all scorers with 36 points.

Never really a close game, Reserve Christian put the game away for good in the third quarter thanks to a 21-9 domination of the quarter.

“We are really playing well right now,” Eagles Head Coach Tim Byrd said. “We have really responded well after playing our worst game of the season in the regular season finale against Country Day We are really focused right now.

“They (Quitman) came out and kind of surprised us defensively. They tried to trap us. They would let Tweetie catch the ball, but once he did they would full court trap us. Tweetie was able to get some people involved and it also allowed Kevin to have a huge first half for us.”

Not the deepest squad, the Eagles overcame foul trouble against Quitman.

“We even had two guys foul out,” Byrd said. “And we also had three guys with four fouls. We played 10 guys in the first half to prevent anyone from being in really bad foul trouble.

“We also did a really good job of shutting their best player out of the second half. He had 14 points in the first half and didn’t have a single point in the third quarter and only ended up with 18 points in the game. We did a great job defensively and really had it going on offense.

Byrd said his team just has to find a way to win and advance.

“That is all it is,” Byrd said. ” At most you have three games left in the season and you have to go out there and play hard. We are playing unselfish basketball and we are playing with a lot of focus.”