Despite rallying from a double-digit deficit to take the lead in the final minute, Bald Eagle Area couldn’t hang on, falling 62-60 to Mount Union on Wednesday.
BEA, which trailed by 12 in the first quarter, had a 60-58 lead in the final minute before the Trojans tied the game. The Eagles then played a box-and-one defense on Duante Martin and forced another player to shoot and miss, but Martin snared the rebound for the putback just before the final buzzer for the game-winner.
Mykell Smith’s 23 led the Trojans (3-3), including three 3-pointers in the first quarter to help build the early lead.
“We went to a man-to-man defense and did a better job of defense on the perimeter,” BEA coach Bill Butterworth said. “... We had the box-and-one and we got the guy we wanted to take the shot, but we didn’t box out Martin.”
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Jaden and Jordan Jones netted 17 and 13 points, respectively, for the Eagles (1-7) and Parker Hilderbrand added a dozen points.