By Mike Kolb
It was an impressive scoring display from the Vienna Eagles as they beat the Century Centurions in their first game of the season. “The Classic,” Vienna High School’s annual Thanksgiving basketball tournament is officially underway this week.
The game started out like a true slugfest as both teams battled for control of the scoreboard. Back and forth they went, like two prizefighters, each team hitting shot after shot. Finally, a three pointer from Ryan Bradley in the second quarter put the Vienna Eagles ahead for good.
A big reason behind the victory is the performance of the bench players. Coach Cory Waters used a substitution rotation that seemed to play on the advantages of each player. When Tommy Meier hit the court in the first quarter Century held a three point lead, but within a minute Tommy hit back to back two-pointers using his dominant size to get great position in the post. Those shots gave Vienna the first lead of the game since Zach Moore had scored the opening points.
Zach Moore and Quinnton Bent seemed to lead the Eagles to the win at times, with 24 and 17 points respectively, they always managed to come up with big points whenever Century tried to fight their way back into the game. They found their way to the foul line repeatedly late in the game, and more importantly made the shots. The Vienna Eagles shot 72% from the charity stripe, while Century only managed a 56% success rate there.
The Eagles next game is against Meridian Wednesday night. Meridian has won the last seven “Classic” tournaments and currently sits on a 1-0 record after beating Carrier Mills. It’ll be a classic battle of size versus speed in a game that will have a major impact on who emerges as the tournament champion.