Eldorado gets revenge against CWC
By JASON CRAIG
For the Carmi Chronicle
An 11-0 run in the first quarter by Eldorado was enough to keep Carmi-White County at bay on Friday, January 10, as the Eagles picked up a 40-27 Black Diamond Conference East victory at Duff-Kingston Gymnasium. The win allowed Eldorado to avenge a 66-48 loss to the Bulldogs at the Eldorado Holiday Tournament last month.
After Ethan Mahon gave CWC (7-8, 1-2 BDCE) the first two points of the contest, the Bulldogs went cold offensively. Eldorado, on the other hand, heated up. While Lydayya Shewmaker (game-high 12 points) made six points in the paint, Bryant Byrd converted two three-pointers to give the Eagles an 11-2 edge.
“We didn’t get off to a good start tonight,” said CWC skipper Kevin Wolff. “We talked about the haymaker punch, and Eldorado gave it to us early.”
The Bulldogs found some momentum midway through the second quarter. Ethan Mahon and Peyton Edwards found success in the lane in consecutive possessions to get CWC within six at 16-10. However, Eldorado (13-4, 3-1) mounted a late rally to close out the half with a 23-12 lead.
The Eagles continued to hold the Canines at bay in the third quarter, holding CWC to just one-shot opportunity each possession. Eldorado won the rebounding war for the game, holding a 33-19 advantage on the boards. As a result, CWC found themselves down 31-17 late in the quarter.
“Offensively, we started to revert back to how we were playing at the start of the year,” commented Wolff. “We weren’t sharing the basketball. I felt we were forcing things, and not being patient as we have been recently.”
The Bulldogs continued to battle in the fourth quarter. CWC cut the deficit to seven (33-26) midway through the final stanza. However, the Bulldogs would only be able to add a Devin Rankin free throw the rest of the contest and Eldorado cruised to the victory.
“They (Eldorado) is a good defensive team,” added Wolff. “We just could not execute tonight.”
For the first time all season, CWC did not get one player into double digits in the scoring column. Mahon contributed nine points, Edwards seven, Rankin six, Ty Stubblefield three, and Ty Barbre added two tallies.