Eagles Whip St. Clair — Win Fourth Straight

Cody McKinney scored 22, Caleb Todd added 11 and Sullivan used a big first half run to stymie St. Clair Friday for a 54-39 win, the team’s fourth straight.

The Eagles (11-8) held St. Clair scoreless from the 4:35 mark in the first quarter to the 4:27 mark in the second quarter while going on a 19-0 run.

Sullivan kept St. Clair’s leading scorer Noah Richardson off the board. St. Clair shot just 43 percent from the field and were 2 of 9 beyond the arc.

Cameron Cunningham scored five points. Josh Wiese, Austin Frye and Austin Lewis each had four points, while Jacob Rohrer had three and Jacob Hatcher one.

The Eagles were able to build their run with their perimeter shooting, connecting on five 3’s in the second quarter.

McKinney broke a 4-4 tie with a jumper midway through the first quarter. With 54 seconds left in the period, he hit the first of three straight 3-pointers. It opened up a 15-4 lead just one minute into the second quarter. A fastbreak bucket by Wiese and 3-pointers from Todd and Frye gave the Eagles a 23-4 lead with 4:45 to go in the half.

Tyler Stark halted Sullivan’s run, but the Eagles would eventually go up 26-6 on a putback from McKinney. Jayce Decker’s 3-pointer at the buzzer sent the Bulldogs into the half trailing 28-12.

Sullivan would get up by 17 twice in the third quarter. St. Clair broke out of its first half malaise and trimmed the Eagles’ lead to 13 with 2:31 left. Sullivan led 43-27 after three quarters.

The Bulldogs opened the final period on an 8-2 run. Tim Hoffman’s basket with 5:17 made it 45-34. Sullivan called a timeout and McKinney’s basket out of the break put the Eagles back up by 13. St. Clair wouldn’t get any closer.

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