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Grace Academy defeats Lopez Island 58-35


January 17, 2018 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Grace Academy's senior point guard Chase Zachry passes over to the wing at Grace Academy on Jan. 11.

The Grace Academy boys basketball team took on the Lopez Island Lobos as they looked to improve on their successful season, on Jan. 11.

The Eagles got off to a strong start as they fed off their lockdown defense and found opportunities to score in transition. Near the end of the first quarter they led the Lobos by 10, but Lopez Island was able to hit two consecutive threes to close the gap, 14-10. The rest of the first half was more of the same as both teams kept the score close, 26-21.

Grace Academy came out of the halftime on fire as they went on a 10-0 run, scoring from all over the floor. The Lobos weren't able to fight through the Eagle defense as they only scored six points in the quarter while allowing 21. After subbing in a different rotation for the fourth quarter, the Eagles coasted to another victory, 58-35.

Andrew Hines

Eagles' sophomore forward Isaac Impola gets away on the fastbreak and scores at the rim at Grace Academy on Jan. 11.

"We had to emphasize our man-to-man defense and played better positioning in the second half which made a huge difference. It's been a long time since we've been at this level competing in our league, and we're young so I think we have a good couple of years ahead of us," said Grace Academy Head Coach Scott Carlin.

Grace Academy was led by the offensive performance of their sophomore forward, Isaac Impola. He scored 23 points, with four shots from beyond the arc, while also contributing with six rebounds, a steal and a block.

The Eagles were also led by the frontcourt duo of Caleb Sanders and Josiah Tuohimaa. Sanders dropped 14 points to go along with three assists, four rebounds and four steals. Tuohimaa had a similar stat line to Sanders as he scored 14 with three assists, six rebounds and six steals.

Grace Academy does not have any more home games this season but if you want to stay close they will play at Tulalip Heritage on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 6:45 p.m.


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