Belfry seemed to be lost as the Pirates couldn’t find the X on the map in Saturday’s contest against the Golden Eagles of Johnson Central.
With a bird’s eye view, the Golden Eagles found themselves in all the right spots and were rolling in the riches of a 57-41 win over Belfry.
The Pirates were bailing water early on as they were held to only five points in the first quarter and couldn’t find any success until it was way too late.
As for the Golden Eagles, it was a team victory unlike any they have had this season.
In all the wins Johnson Central has accumulated this season either Isaiah May, Cory VanHoose or John King has led the way scoring.
In this one, the big three still contributed, but Ryleh McKenzie was the player who stepped up to lead the Golden Eagles to victory.
While holding the Pirates to just five points, Johnson Central jumped out to a 10 point lead with their 15 point first quarter. May led the way with six points on two three pointers.
The Golden Eagles continued to apply pressure on the Pirates in the second quarter, holding them six points, while producing another 15point quarter with Grant Rice dropping five points in the second.
Going into the half up 30-11 on the Pirates, the Golden Eagles were looking to secure the win early and continue their strong play.
The Pirates on the other hand, needed a spark to get them back into the game.
However, any shipwright knows when your lost at sea, floating on a make-shift raft, then a spark is going to be hard to come by.
The Golden Eagles came out in the third and continued their great team play as Rice and VanHoose both put up five points a piece to help Johnson Central to a 17-point quarter.
The Pirates had finally found land and maybe even got the spark they needed behind Bol Kuir’s four points, two of which came off a thunderous dunk.
Kuir’s dunk sparked a 13-point quarter for the Pirates and helped them feel like they could fight back into the game.
However, the Golden Eagles did just enough in the fourth quarter scoring 10 points and holding possession of the ball enough to where the 17 point quarter for the Pirates proved to be too little, too late to get close to the comeback win.
McKenzie finished with 12 in the 57-41 win over the Pirates.
Rice and his 11 points followed McKenzie on the night.
VanHoose finished with 10 points, while May finished with nine, and King with four.
But as stated earlier this was a team win that didn’t require one or two guys to dominate the shot taking in the game for the Golden Eagles.
Johnson Central is on a six game winning streak and currently sits at 9-1 on the year as they turn focus on their rematch against Paintsville on Tuesday, February 9.
The Golden Eagles keep showing why they are so dangerous as they have made light work of their schedule thus far and keep posting big team win after big team win.