Eagles leap out to 2-0 start

Published 12:26 am Saturday, November 17, 2012

It didn’t take Porters Chapel long to make sure a poor quarter didn’t turn into a bad game.

Ted Brisco scored eight of his game-high 20 points in the second quarter, when the Eagles turned a two-point deficit into a 15-point lead, and they rode the surge to an easy 59-38 victory over Chamberlain-Hunt on Friday night.

PCA hit 9 of 20 shots in the second period after starting 1-for-8 from the field, and outrebounded Chamberlain-Hunt 12-5. The Wildcats also committed six turnovers and shot 1-for-8 in the second quarter.

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The reversal of fortune allowed PCA, which trailed 10-8 at the end of the first quarter, to take a 27-12 lead into halftime. Brisco had another eight points and five rebounds in the third quarter to help the Eagles stretch their lead to 23 points heading into the fourth.

“It’s very encouraging to see that they responded,” PCA coach E.J. Creel said. “In the past, they’d wait until the third or fourth quarter. So I was happy they responded early.”

Peter Harris had 12 points and nine rebounds for PCA, and P.J. Lassiter had 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Brisco, who didn’t play in the fourth quarter, finished with 13 rebounds.

Tevin Harris had nine points and 14 rebounds for Chamberlain-Hunt (1-3), Trevin Harris had nine points and nine rebounds, and Levi Howse led the team in scoring with 10 points.

The victory capped a successful first week of the season for Porters Chapel. It won its two games, against Briarfield and CHA, by 28 and 21 points, respectively. The Eagles are now off until Nov. 27, when they host Veritas in their district opener.

Creel said a full week of practice should help her players shake some rust and get into basketball shape. More than half the team played football this fall and didn’t get on the basketball court until last week.

“Ugly win, pretty win, a win is a win,” Creel said. “We’re still very out of shape. We have a lot of running to catch up on.”