Week-In-Review #7: Win Against Kapaun Highlights Successful Week For The Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles sweep Kapaun Mt. Carmel in this years addition of the “Holy War”.

Adrian Holguin, Sports Editor

    The Golden Eagles were able to put forth another excellent week, with the team coming out on top in each of their two matchups, including a game with the now 12-5 Kapaun Crusaders to finish out the week. The Golden Eagles were also able to have their way with the now 11-6 Northwest Grizzlies.

    With the two wins, the Golden Eagles have now been able to spread their win streak out to 13 wins, as well as compiling a record of 15-2.

    When asked about the thing that has set this team apart from the competition senior Alex Littlejohn stated, “I think our edge is that we have so many people who can score offensively and then on defense our whole team is bought into what we are trying to achieve and everyone is putting 100 percent effort in as a team,” fellow senior Will Biby added, “What sets us apart is we want it more. We play every game as if it were our biggest game on our schedule. We also have solid communication and we all know our roles and we fill them to get the win.”

     Coach Domnick has been able to lead and orchestrate one of the most dominant offenses in the City League through his signature motion concepts and his team’s proficient ball movement. When asked what makes the offense so successful, Will Biby stated, “We read the defense and react to what they give to us. Other teams cannot practice against our offense. Every time down the court is different and we do everything possible to get an open uncontested shot. “

2/9: Win vs Northwest 53>46

    The Golden Eagles were able to come out on top in their first matchup of the week, which came against the Northwest Grizzlies. Despite this game being a bit close for comfort, the Golden Eagles were indeed able to come away with the seven-point victory off the back of Enrique Lankford’s 20 points. Despite this game being a bit closer than your average game from the Golden Eagles, it’s good for this team to have some experience in close games like this, especially with the playoffs only a short week away.

2/17: Win vs Kapaun 62>45

    The Golden Eagles were able to put together a great win against the rival Kapaun Crusaders. With this win against the team’s main rival, the Golden Eagles win streak now sits at 13 games, and since the team’s challenging week 2, not much has stood between this team and greatness. It was evident throughout the night that Coach Domnick was once again able to put together a great game plan, one that was successfully able to contain the various athletes and great players presented by the team’s City League rival. They were able to maintain a roughly 15-point lead throughout the course of the night, en route to the victory. When asked how the team looked to attack the Kapaun offense, Biby stated, “Going into the game, we knew they had some solid shooters from behind the arch, so our plan was to play the three point line tightly and let nothing come easy.”

    Much like you were probably expecting, the leading scorers for the Golden Eagles came from the senior big three of Alex Littlejohn, Carter Reid, and Enrique Lankford. Littlejohn was able to get 17 points on the night, while Enrique and Carter were not far behind. Enrique was able to compile 13 total points, which came just behind Carter’s 14 points.

Looking Ahead:

    The Golden Eagles are currently staring down the postseason, with only two games standing between them and the aforementioned tournament. The Golden Eagles will be traveling to the home of the 2-14 North Redskins, then swiftly welcome in an 11-6 Heights team to finish out the regular season. When asked if he believes that his team still has one more gear to go to come playoff time, Littlejohn stated, “I do believe we are going to get better once postseason hits because it kicks into our minds that if we lose we’re done and we are trying to win it all so everyone will be playing at their highest level every game.” 

    Throughout the months of covering this team, it’s evident that this is an extremely special group. A group that is extremely hungry for the ultimate prize, as well as a group that knows what it will take to achieve that goal, Littlejohn stated, “To win another state championship we have to put forth a great effort every game for the rest of the year as well as playing as a team and trusting each other. Defense will be the key because offensively we are so stacked anyone could hurt the opposing team on a given night, but defense wins championships.”