What a difference a week makes.
Sullivan rebounded from a 22-point loss in their season opener to roll North County 75-51 on Tuesday in the first round of the Potosi Tournament. The Eagles play St. James on Thursday.
The Eagles (1-1) played sharper than they did against Winfield seven days ago. With just a handful of practices under their belt following a long summer and autumn of football, Sullivan struggled to find an identity in their season opener. Not having Justin Biermann, the team’s leading scorer from last season, was a hinderance as well.
But behind big scoring nights from Adam Weiland and Heath Schatz, the Eagles dominated North County. Sullivan was up by 25 late in the first half as the defense frustrated the Raiders and contributed to easy baskets.
Weiland did most of his damage in the first half, netting 14 points. Schatz gave Sullivan the outside shooting they needed, hitting three 3-pointers in those first two quarters.
Schatz finished with 17 points, 15 coming from beyond the arc.
Weiland had 16 points while JC Beckett finished with 13 points.
Sullivan was also able to get Seth Mesey easy looks on the post.
The Eagles opened up a 14-4 lead midway through the first quarter on a 3-pointer by Adam Tiefenbrunn. North County would cut Sullivan’s lead down to six late in the period on a 3-pointer, but Weiland matched it to give the Eagles a 21-12 lead.
Schatz put the Eagles up by 15 less than 90 seconds into the second quarter on two 3-pointers. The offense continued surging, opening up a 47-22 lead late in the half on two free throws by JC Beckett.
North County would not get any closer than 16, staging a 10-4 run late in the third quarter. The Eagles would turn them away.
Sullivan left most of their starters on the floor in the fourth quarter. North County was outscored 16-8 in the final period and fell behind by as many as 27.