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Strong First Half Leads Eagles Past Builders

TJ Turner looks to drive for the Eagles.

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater turned in a strong defensive effort in the first half to lead by 21 points at the break and the Eagles went on to defeat the Apprentice School, 80-64, Sunday afternoon on the second day of the annual Don Glick Classic. The Eagles finished 2-0 at the 2018 Don Glick Classic which was sponsored by Blue Ridge Tours, Inc. and The Bank of The James, Shenandoah Valley branch.

The Eagles limited the Builders to just 24 points in the first 20 minutes and led 45-24 at the half. Apprentice made just 8-of-31 shots from the floor for 25.8 percent in the opening half and missed all seven of its shots from 3-point range. Bridgewater also controlled the boards in the first 20 minutes by a 24-18 margin.

A layup by Apprentice's Marion Moore tied the score at 11-11 with 12:27 left in the first half, but the Eagles then went on a 12-1 run to open up a double digit cushion. TJ Turner hit a 3-pointer and Ken Stanciel added two foul shots, giving the Eagles a 16-11 lead. Josh Cammon then made two foul shots for an 18-11 edge at the midway point of the second half. Drew Walton hit 1-of-2 at the line for the Builders before two free throws by Turner and a 3-pointer from Dimetri Chambers put the Eagles ahead 23-12 with 8:36 left in the half.

Bridgewater outscored the Builders 18-6 over the final 5:28 of the half, turning a nine-point lead into a 45-24 advantage at the break. The Eagles led 27-18 when Chambers and Jimmie Sanders drained consecutive 3-pointers for a 33-18 lead. Walton scored inside for Apprentice, but Grier hit from beyond the arc and Cammon added a layup, making the score 38-20 with 2:47 left in the half. 

The Builders tallied four straight points, but Turner and Chandler Murray hit 3-pointers down the stretch as the Eagles opened up the 21-point halftime lead.

Bridgewater was never threatened in the second half. The Eagles led by as many as 27 points before settling for the final 80-64 victory.

Grier turned in a huge game, leading the Eagles with 21 points while also grabbing eight rebounds. Turner came off the bench to score 13 points, followed by Cammon with 12 and Sanders with 11. Stanciel just missed a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds. 

Walton led four Apprentice players in double figures with 17 points. Moore scored 11 points while Corey Joyner and Brandon Joyner each finished with 10.

in Sunday's other contest at the Glick Classic, Eastern Mennonite outscored Buffalo State, 90-85.

With the victory, Bridgewater evened its record at 5-5 overall. The team will take a break for the Christmas holiday before returning to action on Dec. 29-30 with two games at the Oglethorpe University Classic in Atlanta, Ga. The Eagles will meet Sewanee on the first day of the Classic before finishing play on Dec. 30 with a game against the host squad, the Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels.

Bridgewater will return to Nininger Hall on Jan. 2 when the Eagles host Ferrum College in ODAC play.