Eisenhower’s Erick Baca breaks toward the goal Monday against Hugoton in the seventh grade game. The Warriors won 37-29.
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Eisenhower played the first boys basketball games in the history of the school Monday when the Warriors hosted Hugoton.
The seventh graders came away with a win while the eighth graders fell short.
The seventh graders won 37-29.
Eisenhower started off quick with 7-0 lead, but the Eagles came back to tie the game, 9-9.
Eisenhower took a 15-12 lead at half, but Hugoton came back and tied the game 19-19.
Eisenhower then picked up the defensive intensity and ran away with the win.
“We played okay for the first game of the season,” Warrior coach James Babinec said. “We still need to work on fundamentals and finishing off lay-ups. We missed too many opportunities.”
Coby Tran led with 11 points, and Hunter Huskey had 10.
In the eighth grade game, the Warriors fell 50-37.
Hugoton jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, but Maverick Mills cranked in a three to cut the lead to 4-3.
The two traded baskets until Eisenhower hit a buzzer beater at half to take a 19-18 lead.
But Hugoton took off in the second half, and the defense struggled to stop them.
“They were a little more physical,” Eisenhower eighth grade coach Jason Dunlap said. “We handled it in the first half, not the second.”
Mills led the Warriors with 14 points. Jalin Staten had 12 and Malcolm Wiltshire had nine.
Dunlap said he thought Embry Williams handled the ball well at point and he wanted to see more scoring from Darius Arcuhletta.