Eagles Stay Hot, Shoot Past Hermann
The Eagles are finding their groove.
Facing Hermann on Tuesday in their Four Rivers Conference opener, Sullivan had another stellar night from long-range.
They pelted the Bearcats with 12 3-pointers on just 24 attempts and a third quarter splurge rocketed them to a 64-50 victory.
Sullivan (6-8) was picked as the FRC’s No. 1 team in the preseason poll and they showed why on Tuesday.
It’s taken some time, but the Eagles are finding the formula they need to win the district championship next month.
Dillon Farrell and Jordan Woodcock took turns from deep. Farrell scored 18 points on 5-for-9 shooting from beyond the arc.
Woodcock remained scorching hot.
He finished with 17 points for the second straight game and was 4-for-5 on 3-point attempts.
Since Jan. 20, Woodcock has shot an unbelievable 21-for-37 (56%) from long range.
His robust shooting has coincided with the Eagles going 4-1 in that stretch.
Owen Farrell added 15 points, which included three 3-pointers, all in the first quarter.
He also registered a season-high 10 assists.
Kyle Lewis and JD McReynolds each chipped in with four points.
Gavin Dace, Blaine Sappington and Noah Stegeman each had two.
The Eagles shot 51% from the floor and knocked down 12 of 14 attempts at the free throw line.
It was the type of all-around performance they needed to get past a tough Hermann squad.
The Bearcats (13-6) came in on a six-game winning streak.
Leaning hard on Parker Anderson, who scored 25 points, Hermann stayed within reach through the first half.
They jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Owen Farrell swung momentum to Sullivan.
He hit a pair of 3s to give the Eagles the lead, then with time expiring, he knocked down a stepback trey at the buzzer.
Sullivan led 16-12 after one quarter.
Dillon Farrell would pop a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter as the Eagles led by as many as nine.
Hermann cut into the lead with a turnaround by Anderson, but Lewis poked the ball free and drove in for an uncontested layup that gave Sullivan a 28-19 lead at the half.
Hermann had limited Woodcock to just two points in the first half, but it wouldn’t hold.
He dropped in two straight 3-pointers to open up a 38-24 advantage with 3:22 to go in the third quarter.
Dillon Farrell converted a three-point play and a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left that saw the Eagles hold a 46-32 lead going into the final period.
Woodcock fired off two more 3-pointers, his final one of the night pushing Sullivan’s lead to 56-38.