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BOYS BASKETBALL: Back in the Nest

January 4, 2017 GMT

It didn’t take long for the Coosa Eagles to feel right at home Tuesday.

Coosa opened its new gym against Gordon Central, and fans were able to see the Eagles soar in the Region 7-AA matchup.

They controlled the Warriors with their press for most of the night, getting out to an enormous first half lead and cruising to a 90-49 win.

It was the first home game for Coosa in more than a year, and the players certainly expressed their excitement on the court.

“It was a very exciting night for the Coosa community, we were able to celebrate the rich history of basketball we have,” Coosa coach John McFather said. “It’s been a long time coming, so it was truly a blessing to play a true home game.”

Ten different players scored for Coosa (6-8, 3-1 Region) but the shooters shined the most with Kenon Dixon leading the team with 22 points and six 3-pointers.

Meanwhile, Jordan Rivera scored 14 points and M.J. Chubb scored 12, with the duo combining for six 3-pointers.

Gabe Ross led Gordon Central with 22 points, and Colyn Nix scored 12 points while Dawson Lackey scored 10 points. But the team was stagnant for most of the night thanks to Coosa’s suffocating press.

Coosa only used the press for the first half, but it was effective enough to give it a 20-5 lead after one quarter and a 52-17 lead at the half.

Time and again, the Warriors (2-11, 0-5 Region) could not get the ball past half court, often leading to easy Coosa points.

“We always like to press, and tonight it worked well for us,” McFather said. “It was great to see the energy we had, and we have to make sure we keep that going as we head into the second half of region play.”

When the Eagles weren’t on the fast break, they were still having plenty of success in the half court.

That was thanks mostly to their outside shooting, as the home team finished with 14 3-pointers for the game.

There was little Gordon Central could do, since big men like senior Duke Blackburn and sophomore Sean Brown demanded attention.

That allowed Coosa to pass the ball around and find plenty of open shots all night long.

“We have some outstanding shooters, so it’s very important that we play a team-oriented kind of game,” McFather said.

“I was pleased to see us share the ball like we did, because when you do that you can get some open shots.”

Gordon Central heads back home to host THE Pepperell Dragons on Friday, while the Coosa Eagles hold another game at their new gym against Chattooga, the current Region 7-AA leader.