The Maize Eagles overcame the Bishop Miege Stags Friday night, advancing to the Championship Game of the 2018 Tournament of Champions.
They’ll take on Wichita Heights. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday.
Bishop Miege got strong play from junior Josh Earley, who had a game-high 25 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl who had 17. Senior Ezekial Lopes had 11, but only two other players on the Stags scored Friday night.
The Maize bench outscored Bishop Miege’s 22-0.
Senior Jalen Johnson, who started, tied with junior Cade McGaugh who came off the bench for a team-high 14 points.
Overall, head coach Chris Grill said it was a big win for his team.
“We’re just really excited,” Grill said. “We tried to do a couple of things and for the most part we did those things really well tonight.”
The team tried a couple of different things to counter Bishop Miege, and for the most part the team stuck to the game plan, even if they deviated from it a few times. Grill said it was a lot of fun and that he was proud of his team.
The Eagles committed seven turnovers, four less than the Stags’ 11. The Eagles also had 11 more points off of turnovers than the Stags did, 17-6 in that category.
“We had some really good live-ball turnovers where we got steals and converted on the other end for easy baskets because they weren’t easy all night,” Grill said. “That was huge for us, to get those opportunities.”
There were a couple times when the Eagles were able to get a couple of easy ones off steals as well.
“Anytime you’re playing a good team and you get a couple of easy ones then it really helps, (and) pays off in the end,” Grill said.