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Boys Basketball: Eugene 73, Moberly 70

by News Tribune | January 25, 2023 at 12:04 a.m.

ELDON -- The Eugene Eagles overcame a double-digit deficit in both the first and second halves Monday, rallying to beat the Moberly Spartans 73-70 in overtime during the first round of the Eldon Tournament.

Eugene fell behind 16-2 after one quarter, then used a 16-0 run in the second quarter -- capped by a steal and a layup from Justice Allen -- to take its first lead of the game at 19-18 with 4:17 left in the second quarter.

Moberly regained the lead and went into halftime ahead 28-25. The Spartans extended that lead to 42-31 with 2:52 left in the third quarter, but the Eagles answered with an 11-0 run -- including nine straight points by Allen -- to tie the score at 42 heading into the fourth quarter.

Ethan Wunderlich made a pair of free throws with :24 remaining in the fourth quarter to give Eugene a 59-57 lead. The Eagles then missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with :07 left, giving the Spartans a chance to tie or win the game.

Derieus Wallace missed a 3 on the other end, but Ty Rucker raced in from half court and scored a putback with :01 remaining to tie the game at 59 and force overtime.

Eugene used a 6-0 run in the four-minute overtime period to take a 69-64 lead with :44 remaining. The Eagles trailed for just eight seconds in overtime.

Allen scored a game-high 29 points for the Eagles. Wunderlich added 14 points.

For seventh-seeded Moberly (2-13), Wallace had a team-high 24 points and Rucker chipped in 14 points.

Second-seeded Eugene (14-3), which is receiving votes in the Class 2 state rankings, is scheduled to play third-seeded Versailles in the winner’s bracket semifinal at 8 p.m. today.

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