DuBOIS — By the time halftime came in the nightcap of Monday evening’s DuBois Christian School doubleheader, the Eagles’ Gavin Hoover had already registered a double-double for the night.
Hoover, a junior playing basketball for the first time this season since the sixth grade, ended the night with 18 points and 19 rebounds. The big man’s effort led the Eagles to a 41-24 win over Calvary Huntingdon on Monday.
“He’s the tallest kid on the floor and we know that he’s polished up a bit,” said DCS coach Barth Thomas. “He’s a big guy. He performed tonight. He did a great job for us.”
Calvary Huntingdon led for most of the first quarter, despite getting four points from Hoover and two more from Gabe Hoover.
But with five seconds left in the period, Adam Mowrey drained one of the Eagles’ two three-pointers of the evening. The trey from the freshman gave DuBois Christian a 9-6 lead, which they wouldn’t give up.
Gavin Hoover continued his dominance in the second quarter for the Eagles, scoring all six of his team’s points in the stanza.
But the main focus of the second period was the Eagle defense, which held Huntingdon to four points in the period.
Hoover’s putback with 10 seconds left in the first half gave him a double-double, finishing the first half with 10 points and 12 boards.
The Eagles took a commanding lead in the third quarter, coming out of the locker room on a 10-2 run, despite Gavin Hoover only scoring two of those points.
Mowrey started off the half with a jumper before Gabe Hoover and Mowrey each had a bucket.
Gavin Hoover’s layup gave the Eagles a 25-12 lead with 1:44 remaining in the third quarter.
“We finally quit turning the ball over in the second half and got a run going,” said Thomas. “That’s what took us over the top. Our kids calmed down at halftime. We got them playing basketball and not turning it over as much. We didn’t give as many offensive rebounds to the other team. That was it.”
DCS led by 11 entering the fourth quarter. After an Ethan Bishop free throw to get it to 12, Zaden Thomas picked up the rebound on Bishop’s second free throw and put the ball in to give the Eagles a 14-point lead.
Gavin Hoover also had two layups and a putback bucket in the fourth quarter before being taken out with about three minutes left in the contest.
Later in the fourth quarter, Devon Thomas sunk the Eagles’ second and final three-pointer of the game.
After Gavin Hoover’s 18 points, Gave Hoover put in eight, while Mowrey chipped in seven.
Sawyer Ruby led Calvary Huntingdon with nine points on the night, while Matthew Andrews added seven.
DuBois Christian, which improved to 3-7 after their first home win of the year, travels to Blair County Christian this evening.