Eagles win at LaSalle

Adam Larck
Sam VanDenAvond, left, tips the ball during “Meet the Eagles” night Nov. 18.

Dunlap started off the season strong on Nov. 22 with a 54-53 win over Freeport in the opening of the LaSalle-Peru Thanksgiving Tournament.

Dunlap trailed 43-39 entering the fourth quarter, but eventually the Eagles solidified a fourpoint lead with a minute to go.

“We started contesting their shots and doing a good job of blocking out and rebounding,” coach Jeff Barker said.

Freeport would score a final 3-pointer in the last few seconds, but Dunlap held on to the point advantage.

The Eagles were led by sophomore Alex Sorenson, who scored 20 points.

Max Graham scored 12 points and had 30 rebounds.

The Eagles took on Rochelle Friday at LaSalle-Peru and lost, 54-45.

Both teams played evenly through the first quarter and were tied at 15.

In the second quarter, Rochelle pulled away to take a 30-21 lead.

The Eagles bounced back in the third but were still trailing, 35-31.

Despite Alex Sorenson leading the team with 13 points, the Eagles were unable to mount a comeback.

In the second game of the day, Dunlap took down LaSalle-Peru, 59-49.

The Eagles built a 16-7 lead in the opening quarter and extended it to 32-21 at halftime.

In the third quarter, both teams matched each other shot for shot to come away with 11 points.

The Eagles were outscored by one in the final frame but held on to win.

Sam VanDenAvond led the team with 18 points.

The team closed the tournament Saturday with a 54-52 double overtime loss to West Chicago.

After the opening half, the Eagles took a 25-23 lead.

In the third quarter, the teams played evenly and both sides scored 10 points.

In the fourth, Dunlap’s defense lapsed and the game ended regulation in a 45-45 tie as West Chicago hit a buzzer beating shot to force overtime.

With six seconds left in the first overtime, West Chicago calmly knocked down a three-pointer to send the game to its second overtime.

In the final frame, West Chicago outscored Dunlap 4-2.

West Chicago was able to score two baskets and held the ball to keep the Eagles to only one basket to win the game.

VanDenAvond finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds for his third double-double in a row.