Before the Eagles won the big game on Sunday, a different set of birds completed the sweep of a girls-boys doubleheader Friday.
Sullivan (11-8, 2-0) picked up a 54-39 win in Four Rivers Conference action against St. Clair (4-13, 1-2) in the nightcap of the Coaches vs. Cancer twin bill.
The Eagles led 9-4 after one quarter before opening up a commanding 28-12 advantage at halftime.
“We dug ourselves a big hole early on,” St. Clair Head Coach Tim Isgrig said. “It seemed like we got caught up in the environment a little bit early on. We weren’t as focused as we needed to be on the floor and I think they jumped out to a 20-4 start. After that, we calmed down, we played better basketball and we played together on both sides of the court, but we have to come out ready to go. We have to come out more focused and more locked in for a game like this.”
St. Clair stayed with Sullivan in the third quarter, but still trailed by 16, 43-27, going into the last period.
Point guard Jayce Decker led the Bulldogs in scoring with 11 points, adding five assists and two rebounds.
Tyler Stark was next for St. Clair with nine points. He also picked up two rebounds and one assist.
Kamalei Bursey picked up six points and led the team in rebounding with five.
“He battled all night,” Isgrig said. “I thought this was as good as he’s rebounded in a while. He really went up and got the ball for us pretty good. I like that we didn’t quit. We fell behind. We didn’t quit. We cut it to around 10 a couple of times in the second half and we stayed right there the whole time in the second half. We just can’t come out and dig ourselves holes.”
Clay Banderman contributed six points with four rebounds.
Pepper Stark chipped in two points with four rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Michael Hughes added two points and two rebounds.
Timmy Hoffman scored two points and picked up one steal.
Calvin Henry finished with one point and one rebound.
Sullivan held St. Clair’s leading scorer on the year, Noah Richardson, to zero points in the contest. Richardson pulled down two rebounds.
“They played that diamond and one, that box and one defense and they wanted to take Noah away,” Isgrig said. “They took him away tonight and as the game went on, we had more people looking to step up and make plays. Early on in the game, they confused us a little bit. I’ve got to do a better job of getting us ready to play against that, but I thought that whenever we played with poise, we did a good job of attacking it. When we tried going too fast, we weren’t getting anything on offense.”
Cody McKinney led all scorers with 22 points for Sullivan.
Caleb Todd also reached double digits with 11 points.
The Eagles also got five points from Cameron Cunningham.
Austin Frye, Austin Lewis and Josh Wiese each scored four points.
Jacob Rohrer posted three points and Jacob Hatcher rounded out the scoring with one point.