It was all about defense when the Grinnell Tigers paid a visit to Eagle Lane Tuesday, Jan. 7. Both Pella Christian and Grinnell found points hard to come by as both teams played tough defense in a 57-44 Eagle win.

PC was quite stingy on defense in the first period as they allowed a field goal by A.J. Wilkins at the 6:01 mark and then did not allow another bucket until Trey Gohlman connected with 16 seconds left in the quarter.

Meanwhile, the Eagles did not score until the 5:45 mark and then they ran off nine consecutive points. Isaiah Gritters got it started with an inside bucket and then Dan Jungling drilled a three point basket. Luke Mulder finished the run with a pair of rebound put backs.

The Eagles added to their lead with a 16-8 second quarter run to take a 25-12 lead into intermission. The Eagles did most of their work on the inside in this run with seven different players scoring. Jungling was the only Eagle to score more than once in the run as he drove through the Tigers for a pair of baskets.

In the third frame the Eagles used a 19-7 advantage to build a very commanding 44-19 lead. Again the Eagles worked the inside with Gritters putting four shots down and Keean Cadwell connecting twice.

In the final stanza the Tigers made a frantic rush to try and get back in the game. Wilkins and Cole McGriff each drained three triples. But Cadwell and Jack Vermeer answered with threes to hold the Tigers off and preserve the Eagle win.

“Our defense was very good tonight,” Pella Christian coach Larry Hessing said. “Our offense was a little inconsistient early, but we got more aggressive and under control in the third quarter. We played without our big guy, Josh Van Gorp, but Isaiah Gritters did a nice job for us. Josh tweeked an ankle in practice and we felt it would be best to hold him out.”

Gritters led the Eagles with 14 points and Jungling was also in double digits with 12 points.

Cadwell and Vermeer each contributed nine points and Mulder chipped in with seven points. Cadwell led the rebounding chart with five, Jungling led in steals with five and Ryan Vande Haar led in assists with four. Wilkins and McGriff led the Tigers with 15 points each.

Odds and Ends

PC will host Oskaloosa Friday evening in a girl-boy doubleheader.

The girls’ contest will start at 6:15 p.m.

Pella Christian scoring Levi Schelhaas 1 0-0 2, Keean Cadwell 4 0-0 9, Dan Jungling 5 1-2 12, Bryant Agre 1 0-0 2, Jack Vermeer 4 0-0 9, Ryan Vande Haar 2 0-0 4, Luke Mulder 3 1-1 7, Isaiah Gritters 7 0-0 14, Team 27 2-3 59, Three point goals (3) – Cadwell 1, Jungling 1, Vermeer 1.

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