Eagles outlast Mt. Zion


Playing for the third time in the week and coming off a sweet overtime win against Effingham on Tuesday and a bitter setback against Robinson on Thursday, the NCHS Eagles of Doug Mammoser proved how resilient they really are.

Eagles outlast Mt. Zion


Playing for the third time in the week and coming off a sweet overtime win against Effingham on Tuesday and a bitter setback against Robinson on Thursday, the NCHS Eagles of Doug Mammoser proved how resilient they really are.

Going against Apollo powerhouse Mt. Zion (MTZ) last Friday, a team that has not been kind to the Eagles during the Long twins tenure, the Eagles turned in one of their best performances of the year at the friendly confines, a 72-66 victory.

The Braves came out hitting on all cylinders producing a 23-point quarter to take a 23-15 advantage.  After Scott Mammoser, Justin Swingler and Jake Pilman gave the Eagles the early lead, the Long twins, Caleb and Colby took over scoring the first 16 MTZ points to build a 16-7 lead.

Fortunately for the Eagles, MTZ had their best quarter and an eight-point lead.  Now it was the Eagles' turn to take charge and gain momentum.

It all started when Scott Mammoser scored on a nifty pass from Eric Niebrugge that resulted in a three-point play.  Later Justin Pittman found the range on a couple of trifectas.  Another three from freshman Peyton Wyatt, produced a tie at 29 with four minutes left.  Eventually, Wyatt broke a 31-31 tie with his third three pointer of half and a 34-31 Eagle edge.  Later Jesse Trout got in the three-point contest to give the Eagles a four-point cushion at 39-35.  A Colby Long basket made it 39-37 and an Eric Niebrugge free throw in the final second gave the Eagles a precarious 40-37 halftime edge.

The Eagles had rolled a big "25" in the second quarter.  However, the scoring pace slowed down in the third period with MTZ taking its final lead at 41-40 after a Trevor Vettel shot.  The Eagles quickly answered as Jake Pilman gave the Eagles back the lead for keeps with a basket.  Another shot by Justin Swingler and a pair of Jesse Trout free throws pushed the difference to 46-41 with 4:05 left.  The quarter ended on a three-pointer by Scott Mammoser as the Eagles led 53-47 on his buzzer beater.

The Eagles built a nine-point cushion early in the final quarter at 59-50 with the hope that MTZ did not have a final run left in their arsenal.  They did, as the Braves scored five straight to make it 59-55.

A Jake Pilman basket on a nice pass from Justin Swingler broke the string and a 61-55 edge with 3:45 left.  Caleb Long answered with a long bomb and Alex Birge made it 61-60.  Justin Swingler made it 63-60 with less than two minutes to go with a jump shot.  Seconds later, a pair of Scott Mammoser free throws made it 65-60 with 1:37 remaining.  A basket by Caleb Long reduced the Eagle lead to 65-62.  Then with 50 seconds left, Jake Pilman was fouled by Alex Birge, who also drew a technical foul on the call.  After Pilman made one of two free throws, Mammoser swished both shots for the technical.  Next getting the ball out of bounds for the T. Mammoser was fouled with 38 seconds left.

The Mammoser conversion of two more charity tosses gave the Eagles a 70-62 edge as the Eagles' Nest voiced their approval.  MTZ scored twice in the final seconds sandwiched between another pair of Scott Mammoser foul shots as the senior guard included closer to career point #1000.

Mammoser is just nine points shy heading into another three game series this week with Stew-Stras, Olney and Paris.  His 24 points, including 11 of 12 free throws led all scorers.  Justin Swingler had a good game with 14 points.  Justin Pittman scored 9 points, all on three pointers.  Peyton Wyatt also drilled three from behind the arc in the second quarter.

Jake Pilman had another good game on the boards and scored 8 points.  Jesse Trout helped out with 5 points and Eric Niebrugge contributed 3 points in a big relief role.  Connor Niebrugge and Curtis Will provided key bench minutes for Coach Mammoser along with Alex Frohning and Japheth Bear.

The Eagle shot 49% for the night making 24 field goals including 8 from three-point land.  They were a solid 16 of 20 from the foul line and had only six turnovers in the well-played game.

MTZ made 27 baskets including five from three-point range.  The Braves were only 7 of 12 from the line.  From the field, MTZ shot 56% and also had only six turnovers.  Colby Long led with 22, while twin brother Caleb had 20 to pace the Braves now 10-11 overall and 8-4 in the Apollo.  The Eagles improved to 15-8 overall and 7-5 in the Apollo.

The J-V Eagles continue their fine season with a 62-56 victory over the Braves to make their record 11-4 and 9-3 against Apollo opponents in the preliminary game.

Thirteen Eagles played in the contest with nine entering the scoring column.  Double figures were reached by Alex Frohning who led with 15 points.  Japheth Bear was close behind with 14.  Taylor Kerner had a strong game with 13.  Scott Jansen tallied 6, while Dylan Casey had 5.  Mitch Mammoser tossed in a three pointer.

Brian Emmerich, Jerry Howze and Derek Casey rounded out the attack with 2 points each.  Landon Rauch, Toby Hall, A.J. Hyatt and Josh Patterson also saw action for Ryan Newby's Eagles.

After the victory Doug Mammoser spoke about his team.  "It was a well played game by both teams.  We were concerned about being tired, but it didn't seem to affect us.  Justin Swingler was aggressive all night.  Peyton Wyatt hit some big shots in the first half when we needed them.  Jake Pilman had a good inside game and Eric Niebrugge helped out as the bench was positive.  It's great to beat a quality team like Mt. Zion," said Mammoser.

Eagles don't go easy


The NCHS Eagles took the front running Robinson Maroons down to the wire last Thursday in a makeup Apollo game at RHS.  The difference was the final minutes as the Maroons scored the games' final eleven points to hold off a stubborn bunch of Eagles 60-49.

Robinson jumped ahead 14-9 after the first quarter and still led the Eagles 31-22 at the intermission. However, Scott Mammoser and company led a third quarter rally that produced a 41 all tie heading into the fourth period. The Eagles came out with their best quarter outscoring the Maroons 19-10 to force the deadlock.

With the score tied at 49, Robinson broke away scoring the games' final eleven points to win their six straight Apollo game.  The Maroons now 17-5 and 10-1 in the Apollo, leave a two game lead with three left to play.

Scott Mammoser had another big night with a game high 33 points.  However, no other Eagle had more than four points.  Jake Pilman and Connor Niebrugge each scored two baskets.  Jesse Trout and Peyton Wyatt each added 3 points.  Justin Swingler scored a basket to round out the offense.  Justin Pittman, Curtis Will and Eric Niebrugge were held scoreless in the contest.

The Eagles now 14-8 overall and 6-5 in the Apollo, scored 19 field goals with 6 of three point value.  They converted 5 free throws.

Robinson made 22 field goals including a pair of threes.  They added 14 free throws and had four players in double figures.  Future Illini Meyers Leonard led with 15 points.  Derek Watson had 12.  Ben Jones had 11 and Stephen Jones scored 10.

The junior-varsity Eagles continued their winning ways with a 51-41 victory over Robinson.  The Eagles improved to 10-4 overall and 8-3 against Apollo foes.

The Eagles were led by Alex Frohning who scored 16 points.  Scott Jansen was next with 12.  Jerry Howze tallied 8 points.  Mitch Mammoser and Taylor Kerner each pitched in with 6.  Japheth Bear scored a three-pointer as the Eagles scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Mammoser gets 1000th against Comets


The NCHS Eagles made up a game with the Stew-Stras Comets Monday at Strasburg with the Comets prevailing 72-61.

The Comets used steady quarters to remain in front after jumping out to a 16-11 first quarter lead.  Scott Mammoser who came into the contest needing 9 points to reach 1,000, scored all 11 of the Eagle points in the first quarter to surpass the mark.

The Eagles came back with a 21 point second period, only to have the Comets score 20.  Stew-Stras remained in front 36-32 at the  half.  Mammoser was held to 5 points in the second quarter.  Justin Swingler scored a basket, while Justin Pittman had the hot hand scoring 12 points including three from long range.  Jesse Trout also had a basket in the quarter.

The third quarter proved to be the Eagles' downfall as they were outscored 18-9 and fell behind 54-41 going into the last eight minutes.  Jake Pilman scored 7 of the 9 Newton points, while Scott Mammoser had the other basket.

The Eagles found their shooting eye in the final stanza, but it was not enough as they outscored the Comets 20-18.  Scott Mammoser had a good quarter with 10 points.  Jake Pilman came through with three baskets, while Justin Swingler had a basket and Jesse Trout converted a pair of free throws in the period.

The Eagles scored 22 field goals with 6 coming from behind the arc.  They were a good 11 of 13 from the foul line.  Scott Mammoser paced the attack with 28 points.  He now needs 22 points to set an NCHS record for the most points in a season.  Also in double figures were Jake Pilman with 13 and Justin Pittman with 12.  Jesse Trout and Justin Swingler each added 4 points.  Connor and Eric Niebrugge, Alex Frohning and Japheth Bear played, but did not score.  The Eagles were without Curtis Will and Peyton Wyatt for the game out with illness.

The Eagles are now 15-9 and finish up their regular season with conference games against Olney and Paris.  Stew-Stras is 15-9 also after the win.  The Comets hit 26 baskets on the night including three from behind the arc.  They converted 17 of 22 from the line.  Josh Tabbut, a 6'6" senior led the Comets with 21 points.

The J-V Eagles lost their game to Stew-Stras 51-48 to fall to 11-5 for the season.