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8 months ago by Jim Hill - The Voice of the Eagles





The Eagles and Black Hawks got together on Friday night on the other end of Courthouse Road. Colonial Forge won the last meeting by a score of 56-54 but after that game, the Black Hawks left the building that night feeling that they could play with these Eagles.

When this one started, the Eagles seemed a little tentative at the start, and the Black Hawks, just like the December meeting was getting the ball down low to the Hawks Lauryn Avery to take control early. The Eagles were doing their best to stay on top in this one, but the work ethic was lacking. Senior Alex Sullivan had nine of the “good gals’ points in the opening quarter, but her team was on the wrong end of a 19-15 score after the first.

In the second, the Eagles still trailed, but they started to show some life. They turned up their intensity on the defensive end in hopes that it would spark the offense into gear. Back and forth, the two teams went and the tide started to turn a little bit when Eagle coach Lashaun Cook pulled Raja Anderson off her bench and the senior started to impose her will in the paint. Anderson hit two free throws with 4:25 left in the half to cut the Hawks lead to 26-24, but on the next possession Cam Cameren hit two from the charity swipe of her own to tie the game at 26-26 with 3:52 left.

The Eagles took the lead with 3:06 left until halftime on one of two free throws from Anderson. On their next possession, Brayla Bogier hit a floater in the paint and sharp shooter Jenna Gray went NBN (Nothing but Nylon) on the next possession to give the Forge a 32-28 advantage. The Gray bomb seemed to light the Eagles offensive fuse as they outscored the home squad 26-7 in the quarter as Bogier and Downs dominated late to take a 41-28 lead at halftime.

Out of the locker room, the Eagles seemed more fluid on the offensive end as Bogier hit two free throws, Grey hit another bomb from the left and Sullivan buried a jumper to give the Forge the lead 48-34 with 4:20 left in the third. The Eagle defense held the Hawks scoreless the rest of the frame but got buckets from Bogier, Grey, and Anderson to head into “winning time” with a 52-36 lead.

The Eagles outscored Brooke Point 21-12 down the stretch and their dominance on the defensive end was clearly propelling their offense as they wrapped up their 13th victory on the year. A good crowd was witness to a solid Forge effort after the first quarter, and they just would not let the home team spread their wings.

The Eagles jump on a bus on Saturday and head down to the Richmond area to take on Meadowbrook, tipping at 3pm down at Hugenot High School. Next week they will host Massaponax on Tuesday night at 7pm, and then will entertain Stafford in another county double header on Friday, tipping at 5:30pm.

Boys Basketball

Forge  56

Brooke Point 44

Eagles Head Coach Anthony Mills will tell you “basketball is a game of runs”. I think we are seeing lately that the Eagles are telling ALL of Stafford County that it is also a game of rolls….and the Forge is ON A MAJOR ROLL! The Eagles won their fourth straight game on the road on Friday night, completely controlling the Brooke Point Black Hawks in a 56-44 district win. The Hawks had won the last two meetings between these two, a dominating 10 point Black Hawk win opened up the district pre-season tournament. If you saw the game at the Forge on December 20, you know that the Eagles had every chance to win that contest coming back from a 30-point deficit and had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds.

There are a couple of things we can say about these 2018-19 Eagles. They listen to what their coaches preach, and they play a swarming defense that frustrates opponents and ignites their offense to major play! They walked out of the Hawks Nest on Friday with their 5th district win in 7 attempts and continue to creep up on the .500 mark overall which currently stands at 8-9.

“A lot of coaches tell me, Coach your team plays so hard,” said Mills recently. There were times in the early going; the growing pains were a frustration for the bench boss as his team battled with inconsistency. Seems like that frustration is being squelched and the Forge is now making its run to district prominence. Hey Commonwealth District, don’t look now but HERE COME THE EAGLES!

Friday night’s tilt started with the Eagles defensive intensity was all over the floor and although the game was close, the Eagles forced multiple Black Hawk turnovers in the opening frame. Josh Osakwe led forge early as he buried six of the Forge’s 13 points in the opening quarter. The final two minutes of the stanza did not produce points, but the Eagles were flying around making like miserable for the home team, and they went to the break leading 13-11.

The start of the second quarter produced many missed shots and both teams were scoreless until Martin Kawa hit a jumper to put the “good guys” on top 15-11 with 6:07 left until halftime. After the Hawks Gary Moran cut the Forge lead to two, Josh Sarratt buried a “BULLS-EYE” from the top of the key and Kawa hit two more jumpers on consecutive possessions to build the Eagles lead to 22-13 with 4:39 left. The home team battled to cut the deficit to four but then both offenses caught a spark as the Hawks Deondre Colton and the Eagles Antonio McIlwain matched three point bombs that gave the eagles a 30-23 lead with 1:05 left until the half. McIlwain hit a jumper with 42.6 but the Hawks Josh Maloney closed out the scoring and both teams headed into halftime with the Eagles on top 32-25.

In the second half, the Forge strategy was to control the ball and take time off the clock. Osakwe came out of the locker room determined to control the paint but scoring on consecutive possessions and the Forge led 36-25 with 6:33 left. When Josh Sarratt hit the first of two free throws the Eagles had a 10-point lead with 5:05 left in the third.

Brooke Point was scratching and clawing to get back in the game and could have had a serious momentum swing with 4:05 left. Maloney cut the Forge lead to 37-32 when a brutal call went against the Eagles. A Black Hawk shot went up and was clearly in the cylinder when Maloney grabbed it and slammed it home. The offensive goaltending call never came as all three zebras missed it. Justice prevailed on the next possession however as Maloney drove the lane and went up for another dunk but clanged it off the back iron like a Pittsburgh steel worker and out of bounds. The remainder of the quarter the Hawks were swarmed under by the Eagles defense after Osakwe scored with just 39 ticks left. Elijah Sarratt blocked the last Black Hawk attempt of the quarter and the Forge headed into “winning time” with a 42-34 lead.

Another back and forth stanza ended this one as the Eagles outscored Brooke Point 14-13. The Hawks had another 5-turnover quarter that made it tough to get back in this one, and the Eagles cashed in on the scoring of Josiah Jones, Kawa, Osakwe and Elijah Sarratt to make sure this one did not get away. The Eagles showed a lot of poise in this one and everybody in the stands started to think about the week ahead for these soaring Eagles. Next week the Forge will travel to Massaponax on Wednesday and host Stafford on Friday. Both Ponax and Stafford sit atop the Commonwealth District standings and the Eagles can turn the race for first place into a dogfight down the stretch with a couple of big wins.

The Forge has a win over Stafford on the road earlier in the year, but they fell to Massaponax at home back on January 4 by a score of 73-64. The Eagles are a game behind but they are also one of those teams that any coach will tell you are hard to play against. The tough schedule has been tackled, the early season growing pains have been managed, and now Forge has their season in their own hands. It has been a few years since this program played a meaningful game….next week should be fun!
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