GOESSEL — Aidan Fields’ 3-pointer at the buzzer at the end of regulation gave Elyria Christian School’s boys new life against Little River and then Tyler Thiessen’s basket with 8 seconds left in overtime, off an assist from Kobe Neufeldt, gave the Eagles a pulsating 59-58 victory in the first round of the Goessel Bluebird Invitational on Monday.
The Eagles had to come from way back to even their record at 1-1. They were down 17-9 after a quarter and 27-19 at the half. Elyria needed a 20-point fourth quarter to get the game tied, then outscored Little River 6-5 in the extra session.
Thiessen and Fields were phenomenal. Thiessen powered his way to 27 points, while Fields scored 20. They are a sophomore and freshman, respectively.
Clay Zeller led Little River with 15 points and Damien Martinez scored 14. Peyton Harvey furnished 12.
“Very hard-fought game by both teams,” ECS coach Ben Starburg said. “We struggled from the floor early, but kept plugging away, keeping the lead to only eight at half. It was a tremendous team effort.”
• ELYRIA GIRLS 43, LITTLE RIVER 39 — Elyria needed a big fourth quarter to rally past Little River.
Little River was up 28-22 going into the final period, but the Eagles caught fire by scoring 19 points.
Rachel Adamyk, as the case will be most of the season, shouldered the scoring load with 25 points, making 11 of 17 floor shots. Moriah Redenbaugh added seven, along with five rebounds.
“I was very relieved to come away with a win tonight,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “We seemed very sluggish the entire first half and (Little River coach) Trey (Look) really had his girls ready to play. Rachel was very strong for us again tonight with 25 points. Abbey Rush and Audra Boerger really provided a spark for the team off the bench. They showed the starters what it means to hustle and I think that they were difference-makers in the second half.”
Kristen Ekholm led Little River with 14 points.
Elyria turns around and plays again tonight against Goessel. Little River plays Goessel on Thursday.