Midway through the third quarter against Warrenton, Sullivan was knotted up at 29-29, both teams struggling to get ahead and stay there.
But the Eagles broke through in a big way, taking that 29-29 tie and turning it into a 20-0 run that put the Warriors away and led to a 56-38 win.
Sullivan (3-2) won their second straight and third in four games following a third-place finish at the Potosi Tournament on Saturday.
With junior guard Justin Biermann back in the lineup after a broken hand he suffered during football season, the Eagles are nearing the full roster head coach Dino McKinney envisioned from the start. Only Joey Lochner remains shelved by injury.
Biermann scored 15 points in his return, but it was Adam Weiland who led the scoring attack, pouring in 17 to lead all scorers.
Sullivan’s offense shot a poor 31 percent from the field in the first half, but with a furious defense that pressured the Warriors into mistakes, shot 66 percent in the second half.
And the Eagles continue their improvement at the free throw line. Against Warrenton, Sullivan hit of 11 of 14.
The two teams went back and forth in the first half. Sullivan held a 20-15 lead as the end of the second quarter neared, but the Warriors went on a 6-0 run to grab a 21-20 advantage. Seth Mesey’s second chance shot at the buzzer sent the Eagles into halftime leading 22-21.
Twice in the third quarter Warrenton tied the game.
Then it all fell apart.
Sullivan scored 16 unanswered points to end the quarter, with Ryan Juergens’ 3-pointer capping the period off.
The Eagles had two more baskets before Warrenton’s TJ LaFaver broke up Sullivan’s run early in the fourth quarter.
Sullivan would lead by as many as 22 down the final minutes.