Eagleville's boys advanced to the BlueCross Class A semifinals with a solid opening-round performance against Cosby.
Mari Stoudemire and Ryley McClaran keyed the 66-55 win with 29 and 26 points apiece, respectively.
“We play to prove we are the No. 1 team in the state and capitalized when we had the chance,” Stoudemire said.
McClaran’s early contributions led to a 10-0 run out the gate, with eight points being scored by the junior guard.
“We wanted to make a statement from the beginning,” McClaran said. “Getting out to that start allowed us to get into our offense and set the tone early.”
Cosby’s 3-point shooting kept it in the game with 28 of its 59 field-goal attempts coming from beyond the arc. Cosby made four in a row to end the third period to lead Eagleville 47-45.
“The first game is always the toughest and that eight-day rest showed some of our rust,” Eagleville head coach Davy McClaran said. “We tried to force them to put the ball on the floor, but credit to Cosby for fighting through til the end.”
Eagleville opened the fourth with a 7-0 run led by McClaran, while holding Cosby scoreless for the first four minutes of the period. Stoudemire contributed eight free throws in the final frame to secure the victory.
“I was really confident with these guys down the stretch to knock down free throws,” coach McClaran added. “We began to focus on our possessions after playing really loose (in the third period) and finished strong.”
Eagleville held a 42-29 rebound edge, with senior Ethan Cobb collecting a team-high eight.
“I let (McClaran and Stoudemire) handle the scoring and I handle the dirty work down low,” Cobb said. “I take pride in getting second chance opportunities for my team.”
COSBY (55): Braden Shaffer 14, Jeremy Wise 14, Austin McKeehan 12, Trey Johnson 10, Seth Arwood 5
EAGLEVILLE (66): Mari Stoudemire 29, Ryley McClaran 26, Ethan Cobb 6, Jordan Davenport 2, Vari Robinson 1