Hayden Stauffer scored a team-high 21 points Tuesday night to lead Centreville to a 62-48 boys basketball victory over Eau Claire.
Stauffer converted seven floor shots and meshed seven of his 11 attempts from the free throw line to spark the Bulldogs to the win.
But it wasn’t easy for Centreville. The Bulldogs trailed, 21-13 through the first eight minutes and 33-28 at halftime.
Centreville stepped up its defensive intensity in the third quarter and forged ahead, leading 42-41 heading into the final quarter. The Bulldogs saved their best for last, meshing eight of their 12 free throw tries during the final eight minutes and outscoring Eau Claire, 20-7.
“Getting in the win column was nice from the rough stretch we had,” Centreville coach Mike Hunter said. “We have better games in us and will work hard in order to see them in the final games of the season.”
Justus Chupp and Kyzer Bowen each finished with 10 points for Centreville, while Sam Todd, Trenton Kingdig and McClain Lemings scored four points, apiece. Nick Weber and Ross Hunter each finished with three points.
Marquis Hackney led all scorers with 23 points for Eau Claire, including six baskets from behind the 3-point arc. Teammate Elontre Yarbrough finished with 13 points.
Centreville 13 15 14 20 — 62
Eau Claire 21 12 8 7 — 48