Stout leads way in burying Bears

Brady Duwa (0) didn't score much but he was an influencer on defense, pulling down four rebounds, assisted on five buckets, stole four passes and blocked two shots in Keota's 77-35 win over EV on December 4.

For the third straight game, the Keota Eagles put up 70 or more points and their success from behind the arc continued to play a big factor. They scored 77 points against defensive-minded English Valleys on December 4, while holding the Bears to just 35 points.

JD Stout couldn’t miss early in the first quarter, showing his versatility to shoot from deep, drive to the hoop aggressively, and convert at the free throw line. He scored 14 of the teams’ 21 points in the first quarter alone, and he was just getting started. Stout kept his foot on the gas and helped Keota push their lead to 41-15 with about three minutes left in the first half. At that point, he had scored 22 points, and finally got some time on the bench.

JD recorded some more minutes in the second half and added another five points to his total on the game. The Eagles’ press continued to be a factor, leading to some easy buckets and when the Bears did break the press, the defense played strong, especially in the post, recording five blocks on the game. Keota tacked on another 24 points in the third quarter, while keeping EV to single digits to lead 67-25.

A running clock in the fourth, something the Eagles have been getting used to as of recent, led to a quicker final eight minutes for both teams. The Bears would outscore the Eagles by one in the final minutes, but the damage was done as Keota took the 77-35 road win.

The Eagles were back on the road December 7 when they played Iowa Valley, searching for their fourth straight win on the young season.

To see the full story, along with coaches comments, check out the Dec. 12 edition of the Keota Eagle.