In a season full of frustration and adversity, the Eastbrook Panthers continued to put the work in day in and day out.
Finally, on Saturday night, their hard work paid off.
Behind a strong defensive effort, the Panthers came away with a rout over conference Elwood, winning by a score of 49-23.
“It’s just a testament to our kids,” Eastbrook Head Coach Greg Allison said. “They didn’t back down. They kept coming every day trying to get better.”
Defense set the tone for the contest, as the Panthers forced Elwood into 29 giveaways. Eastbrook’s half-court trap led to steals and easy baskets, and the Panthers were able to take control of and put the game away early.
“We had a really strong defensive effort tonight, and did some nice things offensively as well,” Allison said. “I was just really impressed with how we defended tonight. To give up 23 points total in a 32-minute ball game is remarkable. They bought into the defensive end tonight.”
Eastbrook built a 26-14 lead at the half and led by double digits the rest of the way.
“We wanted to be the aggressors,” Allison said. “We wanted to jump on them early, and we were able to do that.”
Braxton Bowser put together another strong performance, scoring 15 points for the second straight contest, while Alex Baker finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, and six blocks.