DuBOIS — The DuBois Christian School boys basketball team honored its lone senior, Ethan Bishop, prior to Friday game with Centre County Christian Academy, then its was the Eagles’ underclass who took the spotlight in a convincing 45-28 win over the Bulldogs.
Bishop, who struggle with foul trouble on the night, scored just one point, but his younger teammates picked him up and used a team effort to get their senior leader a big victory on his Senior Night.
DuBois Christian had seven different players score in the win. Junior Gavin Hoover led the way with a game-high 11 points, while sophomore Colin Thomas also reached double figures with 10 — including three 3-pointers. Sophomore Zaden Thomas added nine, while freshmen Adam Mowrey and Gabe Hoover each chipped in six.
The victory was the third on the season for the Eagles and second this over the Bulldogs. DuBois Christian won by a similar 46-25 score at Centre County on Jan. 9.
“It was nice to get a win for Ethan on Senior Night,” said Eagles coach Barth Thomas. “It’s tough when you come against a team that is young like them and are still struggling with the skills yet.
“We’re maturing ourselves, and we’re finally starting to score some points. And, we got them from different people, which is what we’re happy about as coaches. They’re starting to get the team concept, and that is making us a lot better.”
The Eagles raced out to a 13-2 lead after one quarter and never looked back. Colin Thomas hit two treys in the opening eight minutes, including one just before the buzzer to give DCS an 11-point lead after one quarter.
The second quarter was more competitive, with DCS winning the period, 12-8, to take a 25-10 advantage into halftime. Bulldog Chad Weaver scored all eight os his points in the quarter.
The Eagles then put the game away with a huge third quarter during which they outscored the Bulldogs, 18-7. DuBois Christian closed the quarter on a 14-2 run over the final five minutes to build a commanding 43-17 lead after three quarters.
Gavin Hoover netted eight his game-high 11 in the third, while Colin Thomas added five points.
Both teams went to their reserves in the fourth, with the Bulldosg outscoring the Eagles, 11-2, to make the final score (45-28) look closer than it really was.
The Eagles are back in action Tuesday at Great Commission.