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Eagles ride win streak into tournament

Men's basketball soars to first round win

By Drew Butler and Nicholas Beringer
On March 6, 2015

Kirkwood Community College’s men’s basketball team hit their mark in the last month with five wins in February. Their most recent win was over Southwestern 70-53. 

The Eagles struggled to keep up in the beginning but pulled through in the last 14 minutes of the second half. They were shooting poorly in the first half (2-15 on 3-pointers) and having difficulty playing defense. 

In the second half the Eagles came back and changed the score from a 39-33 deficit to a 70-53 victory. 

Joseph Tagarelli, forward for the Eagles, stated, “I’ve been trying to add in new moves to post and new things to do. When I get the ball they’re starting to double team me and I need to find other ways to score.” 

The Eagles have also been preparing for the playoffs. Jordan Ashton, guard for the Eagles, said, “We just keep practicing and watching film and going over everything we need to improve on.”

The Eagles competed in the first round of tournament play March 3 winning against Iowa Lakes Community College, 83 - 59. The team is looking to win their first championship since 1998 and only the second in the program’s history. 

Ashton has averaged 16.6 points per game to hold a share of the conference lead in scoring. 

Tagarelli has averaged 8.4 rebounds per game, ranking him second in the ICCAC in that category. 

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