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Lady Eagles Play Hard but Come Up Short at Rhema Classic


The Lady Eagles fell 56-55 to Ecclesia College in the opening game of the Rhema Classic Tournament on November 14. The contest was decided in its final moments. Trailing by one point with 3.8 seconds left, the Rhema Ladies refused to throw in the towel. In a last attempt to win the game, Kaitlyn Byrd fired off a floater jump shot, but missed. With no time left, Ecclesia took the win.

Byrd led the Lady Eagles scorers with 14 points and five rebounds. Briana Smith added 12 points and 10 boards and Sarah Robertson contributed 12 points and eights boards. Zoe Banks netted eight points and nine boards for the Rhema Ladies, and Kehaulani Blankenship added seven points and seven rebounds. Brooke Neufeld had two points.

Eagles Go 1-1 at Rhema Classic

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The Rhema Eagles lost their first game in the Rhema Classic Tournament by a feather, falling 75-74 to the Ecclesia College Royals at the Ninowski Recreation Center November 14. This was an intense matchup, with 14 lead changes and 10 ties. As the final seconds ticked away, it looked like the Eagles had the game in the bag. With 14.2 remaining on the game clock, Eagle Alex Desir made a shot to put Rhema up 74-73. Ecclesia missed a shot and called a timeout. After the short break, the Royals came back and scored at the buzzer to take the win.

Dallas Doku and John Leonard led the Eagles in scoring with 20 points each. They also contributed on defense: Leonard collected 11 rebounds and Doku had six. Teammate Desir tallied 11 points and one rebound, and James Byrd added 10 points and two boards. Jacob Van Buren contributed six points for the Eagles. Mike Williams had five points and eight rebounds, and Edmond Marshall added two points and three rebounds.

Rhema Eagles Earn 'Good Win' Over Patriots

BB M pic8The Rhema Eagles (1-7) earned their first season win on December 13, overcoming one of the top schools in the ACCA conference, Arlington Baptist College. The Eagles held the Patriots' best shooter, Raphael Garcia, to eight points. They outscored Arlington 31 to 20 in points off the bench. This brought them an impressive 59-58 victory at Rhema's Ninowski Recreation Center.

As he expects Arlington to be the number one seed in March's ACCA tournament, Rhema Eagles coach Perry Shockley called this a "good win." And it was! The Eagles put up a good fight and never gave up, even as they trailed 30-23 at halftime. They pulled through and outscored the Patriots 36-28 in the second half to capture the win.