After suffering a loss on the road Saturday to Des Moines Christian, the Pella Christian Eagles had little time to get too low.

The Eagles came back on Monday, Jan. 20, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day to beat the West Marshall Trojans 71-54 at home.

PC led right out of the gate 25-17 at the end of one and 36-26 at halftime.

The third quarter saw PC really gain some traction as they outpaced the Trojans 20-12 to move the lead to 56-38 entering the fourth quarter.

PC was on fire offensively as they hit 29-of-49 field goals for 59 percent. At the 3-point line the Eagles were right at 50 percent accuracy nailing 9-of-18.

WM shot well, but couldn’t keep up with the Eagles and their balanced scoring attack.

The Trojans were just under 50 percent shooting, sinking 22-of-45 field goal attempts.

The visitors put three players in double digits led by Manny Lazard with 16, Caleb Keigan 18 and Gabe Jones with 13 points.

PC countered with even more offensive depth. Isaiah Gritters had 15 points, Ryan Vande Haar 14 and Jack Vermeer finished with 12 points.

Close behind in the scoring column for Coach Larry Hessing’s squad were Dan Jungling and Luke Mulder each with nine points and Levi Schelhaas with eight.

The Eagles won the battle of the boards 28 to 18. Gritters pulled in seven boards and Van Haar latched on to six.

The win lifted PC to 8-4 overall while West Marshall stumbles to 3-8.

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

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