Eagles win their fourth straight district title
by Andy Southard | February 22, 2018 6:31 am
The Van Buren County Eagles continued their intense pace in District 5A play over from the regular season into the league tournament. The Eagles not only went undefeated in 5A play this season but no team got within 25 points of them. They followed that up with a solid district tournament winning their two games by a combined 54 points on the way to the District 5A title and their 25th win of the season. It was the fourth straight district tournament championship for the Spencer boys. Van Buren County (25-5) will now host the fourth-place team from District 6A, Clay County (18-11), in the Region 3A quarterfinals, at 7 p.m., Saturday.
The Eagles captured the title with a 74-54 win over Richard Hardy Saturday night at Whitwell.
Van Buren jumped out to an early 29-14 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended that lead to 49-22 by the half. Richard Hardy made a run in the second half, outscoring the Eagles 32-19, but the Eagles had already built a big enough lead to pull out the 20 point win.
Tournament Most Valuable Player, Caden Mills, led the way with 40 points. Bo Walker and Jared Binkley, who were both named to the All-Tournament team, scored in double figures with Walker finishing with 15 points and Binkley chipping in 10 points. Austin Miller, another All-Tournament selection, added 5 points, and Sawyer Shockley and Dillon Young rounded out the scoring with 2 points each.
The Eagles advanced to the finals with a 77-43 win over Whitwell on Friday night.
Van Buren led 26-17 after one and then stretched their advantage to 46-22 at the half. They followed with a 25-13 third quarter to put the game well out of reach.
Mills poured in 18 points in the victory. Walker chipped in 13 points, and Jacob Crain added 10 points as the only other Eagles in double figures. Jared Binkley and Dakota Simmons finished with 8 points each. Young and Jacob Guy ended the night with 6 points. Shockley tallied 5 points, and Hunter Evans rounded out the scoring with 3 points each.
After the opening round of the Region 3A tournament, which is played at the home of the higher seeded team, the remainder of the tournament moves to White County High School.
Van Buren has played six games against teams from District 6 this season and has won all six. They swept Clay, Monterey and Jackson County.