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EAGLES SQUEEZE INTO PLAYOFFS

The Harvest Eagles had plenty to celebrate on their senior night Friday as they defeated the GW Geckos to grab the last spot in the playoffs next week.

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By Jeff Ochavillo

The Harvest Eagles finished their season with a record of 3-7 after taking care of business against the GW Geckos where they defeated them 37-25 to capture the last spot for the playoffs.

All eyes were on the Eagles Friday night since it was a win or go home situation. Even though it was the Eagles’ senior night, they were in a race for the last spot to make it to the playoffs, battling the Sanchez Sharks, and the GW Geckos standing in their way. However, with the help of their guard Megan Schobat, the Eagles got a lift her team the scrappy Geckos to claim the last seed for the upcoming postseason.

The Geckos finish 0-10 as their three wins on the season were forfeited for using an ineligible player.

“From the beginning of the season, as a team we had gotten closer and made some chemistry. Through the ups and downs, our practices and mistakes helped pull us from nothing. All our hard work showed tonight. But, there is a lot that needs to be done,” stated Schobat about her and her team’s win.

Eagles Megan Schobat attempts a turnaround jumper from the post. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Eagles Megan Schobat attempts a turnaround jumper from the post. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Even though there was a bit of a delay in the game, Harvest wasted no time trying to get their offense, which started with Ariane Chabanne picking up a steal that led to Mia Chabanne knocking down a layup for the first points of the game. However, the Geckos picked up the pace with Colleen Quinata going coast-to-coast where she had drawn the shooting foul and drained the free throws.

Momentum of the 2nd quarter was leaning towards Harvest with most of their points made from dominating the boards and getting offensive put backs from Schobat, the Chabannes, and Tasi Castro. With the score at 15-9, Eagles started to pull away from the clutches of the Geckos and increased their lead by going on a 10-1 run to finish the first half.

Mia Chabanne was put into an isolation game until two Gecko defenders doubled her where she then split the defense with an in-and-out dribble, and then dished it out to her teammate Nicole Pierce who made the open floater.

For majority of the half, the ball was in Harvest territory with all the Eagles players having their share in rebounds in the key while being able to get second-chance opportunities along with chances at the free throw line. They limited the Geckos to only score just three points in the 2nd quarter as they went up 23-10 at the half.

However, despite the score, the Geckos were able to hold down the Eagles as the third started with a 6-0 run. Geckos’ Zipporah Baei had the crowd in awe as she made a pump fake and had gotten the defender in midair where she drew the contact and flipped a shot that had gone in from off the backboard. After that, Colleen Quinata took the ball from an inbound pass and made in another bank shot, followed by Ana Aguon picking up the steal and finished with a layup.

Geckos Ana Aguon swings the ball around to an open teammate. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Geckos Ana Aguon swings the ball around to an open teammate. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

As the game went on, the Geckos were trailing the Harvest by five, 25-20, after Aguon picked up another steal and finished with an open layup. However, Eagles’s Schobat scored three more points and finished the quarter with a buzzer beater from corner of the key to put up the Eagles 32-22.

Afterwards, the game was all in the hands of Eagles as they were able to hold in the 4th quarter, despite only scoring five points, to take the win with a final score of 37-25.

“It was a great feeling to contribute in tonight’s win especially since we were at risk at risk of losing a spot for playoffs. However, all we did was we played our game and helped each other each get up after one falls,” said Schobat.

Megan Schobat finished the game with a total of 12 points to lead all scorers. She, along with Mia Chabanne’s 10 pointsm lifted their team to a victory on their senior night and a securing a spot in next week’s playoffs. For the Geckos, Samantha Quinata lead her team with 10 points, 3 steals, and 1 block.

Being placed in the last seed Schobat responded, “there will be a lot of good teams out there and it is going to be a big challenge for us since where in the bottom seed. But, we will have to just get back to work and push each other and show the teams that we are a force to be reckoned with.”

Other Scores
Guam High 54, St. Paul 52
ND 42, Tiyan 29
Southern def. Sanchez

PHOTO GALLERY:

Eagles' Mia Chabanne drives in the paint while Geckos Ana Aguon defends. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Eagles’ Mia Chabanne drives in the paint while Geckos Ana Aguon defends. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Geckos Colleeen Quinata runs the break after a steal. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Geckos Colleeen Quinata runs the break after a steal. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Eagles Stephanie Agarpao handles the ball as Geckos Rhythm Blas applies the press. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Eagles Stephanie Agarpao handles the ball as Geckos Rhythm Blas applies the press. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Geckos Samantha Quinata puts the pressure on Eagles Ariane Chabanne to force a turnover. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Geckos Samantha Quinata puts the pressure on Eagles Ariane Chabanne to force a turnover. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

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