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Patrick Henry's Jacarious Ford goes up for layup as he is defended by Mitchell Christian's Wes Vander Pol during the Fourth Annual Mike Miller Classic Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Aaron Saunders/Republic)

Golden Eagles fall to Patrick Henry 90-45

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Patrick Henry was bigger, stronger, faster and came away with a 90-45 win over Mitchell Christian Saturday at the Fourth Annual Mike Miller Classic at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

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Armed with great defense Patrick Henry (Minn.) shut down the Golden Eagles (2-2) offense.

With its length and defensive prowess, the Patriots recorded 13 steals and forced 28 turnovers.

“I thought we came out hungry today,” Patrick Henry basketball coach Jeremy Miller said. “I thought we were upset about the way the game went yesterday, so we had a little more fire and played Patrick Henry basketball.” “We really try to pressure a team. We feel like teams can’t simulate the type of pressure we bring to a game.”

Patrick Henry took control of the game going on a 23-4 run in the opening eight minutes.

The Patriots got 11 points from junior guard Stephen Kennedy. During the run Kennedy drained three 3-pointers. He finished with 13 points. Kennedy’s backcourt mate junior guard Jacarious Ford added 17 points and five assists.

Both guards were also responsible for pressuring and pestering the Mitchell Christian guards with their full court press.

While the Patriots guards were draining long range shots, Patrick Henry big man Julian Jackson was going to work on the blocks.

Jackson wreaked havoc on the offensive and defensive end, finishing with 18 points 12 rebounds and seven blocks.

“They have some really good guards who did a really good job of putting the press on us,” MCS basketball coach Dennis Martin said. “We have to do a better job of getting the ball up court.”

Senior forward Wes Vander Pol led Mitchell Christian with 18 points. Sophomore guard Austin Bormann added 14 points for the Golden Eagles.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game from the get go,” Martin said. “I am proud of the way the kids kept going and fought back in the second half.”

MCS hits the court again Jan. 6, against Wolsey-Wessington at Mitchell Christian School.

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