Eagles stay red-hot as they win 12th straight

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By Thomas Barr

 HEBRON ESTATES -- For Brian Courtney, this has truly been a season of unexpected events.

Winning 13 games in a row was certainly not on the list of goals.

And beating a North Oldham team by 20 points on Thursday night was certainly not on the radar.

But, the Eagles of North Bullitt are rolling at just the right time.

When Ricky Dunnavan hit the first shot of the game from three-point land, it was the sign of a very good evening.

The Eagles never trailed in defeating the visiting Mustangs 59-39.

"I sure didn't expect this," said Courtney, whose team went to 17-7 on the season. "North Oldham has some good shooters. When knew number three (Trevor Burton) shoots a lot and we wanted to pressure him."

Burton did connect for a trio of three-pointers. But that would not be enough to overcome the 10 treys from the Eagles.

"When Ricky hits that first one, it's going to be a good night," said Courtney.

Dunnavan hit his first four treys, en route to five on the evening and 17 points.

The game was relatively close -- 32-21 -- at intermission.

In the third quarter, North Bullitt turned up the defensive heat.

Playing its third game in as many days due to the contests lost because of the weather, Courtney didn't play as much full-court pressure.

But in the third quarter, the Eagle defense held North Oldham to just five points.

"We played well on the defensive side," said Courtney. "And we rebounded well."

When Jarred George hit a three at the end of the third quarter, North Bullitt's lead was 49-26.

Much of the fourth quarter, Courtney took the foot off the offensive pedal.

"We wanted to work on our motion offense," Courtney said with a smile, knowing that there might be a district coach in the stands.

With the starters getting a lot of rest, Courtney was able to run the motion offense.

"We got a little stagnant on offense in the fourth quarter," Courtney said. "But, that's OK. We might need to use some of those sets in the tournament."

Throughout the season, Courtney has been thrilled with the team's ability to find the hot player.

"You can't focus on one player," he said of his team. "All can score the ball."

"I really like the way we move the ball," said Courtney. "This is a team that really plays well together."

It is also a team on a mission…with a chip on its shoulders.

"They're hungry to make this season special," Courtney said of a team with only one senior, George. "We're trying to gain some respect."

In winning the 13 straight and 15 out of 17, Courtney said the team is playing with a lot of confidence.


At NORTH BULLITT (24-8-17-10) 59 -- Ricky Dunnavan 19, Jarred George 16, Dominque Ellis 13, Travis Dunnavan 5, Zack Gearlds 3, Trent Napier 2, Jared Higgs 2, Jordan Pate 1

North Oldham (11-10-5-13) 39 -- T. Burton 12, Cundiff 9, Jeoghegan 5, C. Burton 4, Gibbs 3, Heagy 2, Glascock 1, Jones 1