The basics: Eisenhower’s defense and shooting led the Tigers into second place of the AV-CTL Division II with a statement win over Maize South.
Key stretch: Eisenhower’s Dylan Vincent led the charge for the host Tigers, knocking down 9 of 10 free-throws on the night, including 7 of 8 in the fourth quarter, when the Tigers hit 10 of 15 free throws as a team.
Standouts: Vincent led the Tigers with 23 points, but three others joined him in double-figures. Matt Pile had 18 points to go along with five blocked shots and five rebounds. Noah Strunk added 14 points and Sonny Brown finished with 13 points. Maize South was led by Payten Ricks with 31 points.
What they said: “It feels great to get a league win, especially here and going into our mid-season tournament,” Eisenhower coach Steve Blue said. “This feels really good ... Maize South is such a good shooting team. We really didn’t care how we did it, as long as we got the W.”
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“We practice free throws a lot in practice,” Vincent said. “We know those can win and lose us games.”
What it means: Eisenhower (7-1) takes over second place and Maize South (4-2) drops to third as both teams head to mid-season tournaments.
Maize South: Davis 5, White 5, Knoblauch 2, Ricks 31, Jennings 5, Richardson 3, Barney 3, Wiedemann 12.
Eisenhower: Strunk 14, Vincent 23, Taliaferro 2, Brown 13, Pile 18, King 6, Riggan 2.