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Eagles Come Up Short In Home Game Against Payton

Kobe Collins, Reporter

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Boys varsity basketball played Walter Payton this past Friday with a final score of 53-70.

To start off the game Payton goes strong and left Taft scoreless in the first quarter. Coming back into the second quarter eagles score making the score 2-12 .

Due to unfair calls by the referees the crowd and the coaches were not happy and leading to starting center Jakwon Derry to foul out in the fourth quarter.

“In the first half we weren’t giving it our all which made us fall down in a deep hole to climb out of. The second half of the game we clicked as a team and realized what we needed to do to come out with the win,” said Jakwon Derry via phone call.

Taft outscores Payton in the 3rd quarter 19-13 as well as outscoring them in the forth 24-19, but due to “the hole” that was dug in the first half  Taft was unable to come out with the win.

With this loss the varsity team now has a 3-7 overall record and a 2-2 conference record with their next game being a tournament at Lincoln-Way West Dec. 27.

We focused more on defensive intensity. Luckily, we can take a lot of positive momentum and use it in our holiday tournament at Maine East,” said Aaron Levin.

The Eagles hope to find the momentum to change during the tournament and are able to go on a win streak for the games ahead.

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