Eastern basketball victorious on Homecoming


WILBURTON, OK (Nov. 14, 2016) – Many alumni from years past descended on Wilburton last Saturday to reconnect and watch Mountaineer basketball, and they were treated with a spectacular show.

The Lady Mountaineers began the night hot out of the gate, gaining a quick lead on Oklahoma Baptist University's junior varsity squad. Eastern shot out to a 19-0 lead before the Lady Bison were finally able to put up points.

Eastern also used its dominating defense, instituting a full-court press for most of the game, to keep OBU from making any sort of ground on the scoreboard.

It was all Big Blue from start to finish in front of a rowdy crowd in the C.C. Dunlap Fieldhouse. The Lady Mountaineers would go on to a dominating 120-34 win, just seven points shy of a school record. Sophomore forward Desirea McGinnis finished the night with 20 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks. Jasmine Williams contributed 20 points and 12 boards while A'Breon Jackson had 19 points. Four other Lady Mountaineers, To'Lishia Weasah, Sydney Hayes, Arielle Brown and Taylor Tennison, also finished in double figures.

After the Homecoming coronation, it was the Mountaineers turn to shine. Sophomore Jerry Hurt, who had already made a compelling case for NJCAA Player of the Week honors, led the way to a tough Eastern win.

The Fort Scott Greyhounds made the Mountaineers earn every point, especially after gaining an early 19-14 lead. Eastern answered with a run of its own, but the Greyhounds never strayed too far away. After closing the gap to a 10-point deficit late in the second half, it was the heroics of Hurt and his young teammates stepping up that sealed the game, with a final of 92-77.

Hurt finished with 39 points, while freshmen Todd Dawkins and Tyree Beason had 12 and 11 points, respectively, and Eastern's bigs combined for a stellar 27 rebounds to help keep Fort Scott off the boards.

The Mountaineers and Lady Mountaineers have set a high standard for the season, issuing a lot of fun and good quality basketball. They'll next take to the hardwood at Eastern on Thursday, Nov. 17, with the women taking on Rhema College at 5:30 p.m. and the men facing off with On-Point Academy at 7:30 p.m.

Eastern sophomore Desirea McGinnis led the Lady Mountaineers with 20 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in a dominating 120-34 win over Oklahoma Baptist University’s junior varsity team.

Eastern Sophomore Jerry Hurt, shown driving to the basket against Rhema Bible College last week, helped close out a 92-77 Homecoming victory over Fort Scott Community College. He finished with 39 points.

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