In varsity boys action Thursday night, the North Central Eagles set the tone early against the Hilltop Cadets, as they would jump out to a 26-6 lead after only one quarter of play, and would not look back. The Eagles would cruise to a 69-33 victory over the Cadets.
The North Central lead would grow even more in the second quarter, as the Eagles outscored Hilltop 15-14 in the quarter, expanding their lead to 21 points, and making it 41-20 at the intermission.
The Cadets would go cold in the third period, and would only be able to find the basket on one field goal and two free throws for a total of only four points. Meanwhile, their opponents would continue their offensive onslaught, scoring 18 more points in quarter, and the North Central lead now stood at 59-24.
The fourth quarter would not be much different from the others, as it would be the Eagles outscoring the Cadets 10-9 in the fourth and final quarter of play, sealing the win for North Central 69-33.
Clayton Ferguson was leading scorer for North Central, scoring 21 points in the contest. Josh Sawyer contributed 19 to the Eagle cause, Dylan Hutchison scored 18, Jordan Reeves put eight on the board, Branden Turner had seven, and Chase Legacy and Jordan Bailey both finished with two points a piece.
For the Cadets, Quinn Smith and Tim Maneval both were able to score seven points, Mikla Abrer had six, Ryan Brooker with five, Jalen Towers scored four, and Kelby Grime and Erik Stipe both had two points.