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EAGLES PROTECT THE NEST ON FEATURED NIGHT

PHOTO CREDIT: GARY LEININGER

HANOVERTON, OH- It was a very special night in the Eagles Nest on Friday night as United hosted their EOAC rivals, East Palestine.  The second annual Dunks for Downs game took place, and honorary captain Tucker Anderson was indeed the star of the show in United’s 43-38 win over East Palestine.

United would start out quickly with a 17-7 lead in the first quarter, only to be matched by a tremendous Bulldog comeback when EP went on a 10-1 run to take the lead at 19-18 in the second quarter.  The Eagles would tirelessly come back to have the lead at half 25-21.

East Palestine wouldn’t be down for long as they once again came out firing on offense, and recaptured the lead 33-32 after some big stops on defense and opportunistic conversions on the other side of the floor.

However, the Eagles outscored EP down the stretch 11-3 to close out the victory and nailing down their fourth win of the year, and third in the conference.

Luke Courtney led United on the floor and played the majority of the second half in foul trouble while pacing all scorers with 20 points.  Courtney was supplemented by Nevin Hahlen’s 11 points, and Grant Knight’s 7 tallies.

The Bulldogs were led by Weston Jones’ smooth jumper that accumulated 14 points, and Owen Elliott’s six points.

East Palestine (2-7, 1-3) will now turn their attention to Columbiana on Tuesday for the traveling trophy, while United will host Lisbon on 1/10.

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