After knocking off No. 1 ranked Norwalk on the road Jan. 28, the Pella Christian Eagles have dropped three games in a row, all within eight points.

The rugged and talented Little Hawkeye Conference has seen Indianola, Dallas Center-Grimes and Grinnell all top the Eagles since Jan. 28.

The loss to Indianola was by a single point and the latest of the defeats, a two-point setback in Grinnell Feb. 4 was by a deuce.

Grinnell beat the Eagles 74-72 as Jake Hull led the way with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Next came AJ Wilkins with 22 points and Owen Coffman with 15.

It was a game where the Eagles got behind early and kept battling back.

Grinnell held quarter leads of 20-7, 38-22 at halftime. The PC comeback started in the third quarter as the Eagles trailed 51-41 entering the fourth quarter.

Josh Van Gorp and Dan Jungling led the offensive charge for PC with 18 and 17 points respectively.

Jase Amelse was next in line with nine points, Keean Cadwell tallied eight, Jack Vermeer and Isaiah Gritters each hit for six ad Ryan Vande Haar and Levi Schelhaas each had four.

Grinnell won the battle of the boards 38 to 21. The Tigers finished with 13 offensive rebounds.

Put that along with hitting 29-of-52 field goals for 55.7 percent and it is easy to see why it was difficult for PC.

PC hit 18-of-26 free throws while the Tigers were 11-of-19 at the line.

Van Gorp and Gritters were the board leaders for PC with six and five respectively. Vermeer had four assists and Gritters blocked two shots.

The Eagles slipped to 9-8 overall and to 4-7 in the league with the loss.

Grinnell improved to 6-10 overall and 3-6 in the Little Hawkeye. The Tigers snapped a 5-game losing skid with the victory.

Perry Bell can be reached at sports@journalexpress.net or by calling the Knoxville newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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