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ES Tigers took on Grain Valley Eagles on Feb. 16 (VIDEO)

February 20, 2018 – The Excelsior Springs Tigers took on the Grain Valley Eagles Friday, February 16.

Grain Valley won tip-off and started off with an aggressive offense, stunning the Tigers with a sudden 8-0 lead. With the Eagles offense on a roll, head coach Chad Wright took a frustrating full timeout in the first quarter. Coming out the timeout, however, senior Dalton Allen scored for the Tigers, which sparked the rest of the Tigers offense and kept the student section on their feet.

After Eagles started with an 8-0 run, the Tigers managed to make the margin tighter and headed into the second quarter down by only four points. In the first quarter for the Tigers, seniors Landon Seely, Danton Allen, and Chris Whitmore scored two points, Dalton Allen scored three points and senior Peyton Soria scored six points. The Tigers struggled in the second quarter to match the office of the first, however.

In the second quarter, only four players scored for the Tigers, for a total of nine points. Dalton Allen got the hand-off at the top of the perimeter from Soria. He took off to the basket and made the layup, but drew a foul. Allen then hit his free throw. For the rest of the team, Danton Allen and Whitemore both scored two points, and Seely went two-for-two at the free-throw line.

Eagles led the Tigers 36-24 heading into the half. The Tigers continued to struggle throughout the third quarter, scoring only 13 points. But the Tigers defense slowed down the Eagles offense, and allowed the opposing team to score only 12 points. Danton Allen led the Tigers with five points in the third quarter, followed by Seely and Soria both draining 3-pointers. Dalton Allen danced his way to the rim to score two, which cut the Eagles lead down to 11 points.

The Tigers scored the most points in the fourth, with a total of 26 points, with all of their points coming from seniors. But the Tigers defense allowed the Eagles to score 25 points. In the end, the Tigers lost to the Eagles by a span of 10 points, 73-63. Despite the loss, the crowd remained enthusiastic and supportive, and roared and cheered on their team.

Soria led the Tigers in scoring. The 10 points he earned in the fourth quarter allowed him to finish the game with a total of 19 points. Seely scored a total of 17 points, 10 of which were scored in the final quarter. Dalton Allen scored a total of 12 points, and Danton Allen scored a total of 11 points.

See footage from the game in the video below.

By Samantha Kilgore •

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