94°F
weather icon Clear

Eagles get statement win against Foothill

Boulder City High School boys basketball team routed 4A Foothill 69-53 on Monday, Jan. 6, making a statement to the rest of the 3A classification.

“This win against Foothill was definitely a statement win for the program,” junior Ethan Speaker said. “We have been playing against most of those kids since we were younger and we usually did not come out victorious. This was a huge momentum booster and I think it will give us all the confidence to know that when we are playing well, we are a very tough team to beat.”

Traveling to the perennial 4A state contender, the Eagles’ statement win came after a sloppy first half of play, outscoring the Falcons 47-24 in the second half.

Speaker was on fire in the second half, scoring a game-high 25 points in the victory.

Providing clutch plays and highlights down the stretch to close out the Falcons, Speaker grabbed a rebound late in the fourth quarter, splitting a pair of defenders in transition and took the ball coast to coast for a layup. That and a monster and-one dunk from senior Jacob Sanford were momentum changers in the game for the Eagles.

“We have a lot of good players on our team and sometimes you have to remind guys how skilled they are,” head coach John Balistere said. “Jacob’s dunk was the start of a big second half run for us and Ethan really came alive. The whole team played great in the second half.”

Taking down the Falcons behind a total team effort, the Eagles played their most complete game of basketball of the season.

Scoring in double figures for the Eagles were Sanford (13 points) and junior Matt Morton (12 points).

Senior guard Gavin Balistere added 8 points and junior guard Matt Felsenfeld scored 6 points.

“This was definitely a huge win for us,” Morton said. “When we all start to play together and we all have our confidence, we know that we are a very dangerous team. We all know what we are capable of and when we all work together, we are a serious contender.”

The Eagles will travel to 4A Cheyenne on Friday, Jan. 10, followed by a home contest against rival Moapa Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Contact Robert Vendettoli at BCRsports@gmail.com.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Hungry to play: Eagles begin football practice in hope of fall season

Boulder City High School’s football team took the practice field for the first time Monday, looking to find some normalcy during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Excited more than ever to have sports back in their lives since they went on hiatus in mid-March, the atmosphere at practice has been positive.

Ruby Mountains are alpine gem

“Nevada’s Alps” is one name locals have given the spectacular Ruby Mountains, and for good reason. They are majestic and unlike any other place in the state. Here you will find alpine lakes, waterfalls, cascades, avalanche chutes and running streams; this time of year there is also a plethora of wildflowers.

Cowley ready to serve as Merchant Marine

Showing patriotism toward his country, Boulder City class of 2020 graduate Cade Cowley has set his sights on attending the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy after high school.

Cox honored as a top student-athlete

Ladd Cox, a multisports star who just completed his senior year at Boulder City High School, earned praise far beyond athletic achievement as he was named one of Southern Nevada’s top 10 student-athletes June 17.

Schaper to swing for South Dakota

Blake Schaper, who was a star player on Boulder City High School’s boys varsity golf team as a junior, has committed to Division I program South Dakota State University in Brookings.

Schools get OK to open; training for fall sports to get underway

Finally experiencing a win for high school athletics during the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in Southern Nevada will be allowed to open this week, under new direction from Gov. Steve Sisolak.

Experience beauty, wildlife in Black Canyon

Access to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area still requires an annual pass in these days of partial shutdown, but those who hold one can again enjoy the Colorado River’s Black Canyon.