The Harrisburg Eagles don't like it when their opponents score. In fact, they take it personally.
"We've been keying on teams defensively and trying to hold them in the lower 30s... We've told the kids to be mad when the other team scores," coach Tim Yokum said.
That defense was on display against the Creswell Bulldogs as the Eagles remained undefeated in Mountain Valley Conference play with a 45-33 win.
Tel Jones led three Eagles in double figures with 13. Conway Headings knocked down a trio of three-pointers to chip in 11.
"I couldn't really find my shot tonight, it was a little iffy. Luckily we had other people step up and hit some big shots when we needed to," Jones said.
Harrisburg opened with a stout defense that kept the Bulldogs off the board for the first 7:59 of the game. It wasn't until Trey Magnuson hit a runner as the clock expired at the end of the first that the Bulldogs cracked the goose egg.
"We were in the zone," Jones said.
Meanwhile, the Eagles were feeling it.
Headings stepped up for the Eagles as he made three consecutive threes in the first quarter to help Harrisburg jump out to a 13-0 lead before Magnuson's basket.
"I knew I had to have a big game because the last few games teams were just shutting me down because they knew from last year I was a good shooter," Headings said, "I just came out aggressive and attacked. I felt it the first half."
Creswell started to chip away at the Harrisburg lead in the second quarter thanks to a pair of 3-pointers from Parker Quigley. He would finish with 12, all of his points coming from behind the arc.
Magnuson hadn't scored since the first quarter but he started to get it going in the third as he single-handedly worked his team back into the game. In the third, Magnuson had 10 points and momentarily turned the momentum to Creswell's favor.
"(Magnuson) is a great player. He's going to get his shots. We tried to do what we could against him but they run him off of so many screens, eventually you're going to get caught on something," Yokum said.
Following a pair of free throws to tie the game, Alonzo Ranch drove the lane to give the lead back to Harrisburg. Quigley would answer with another three but Jones rattled in a tough shot in the lane to give the lead back to Harrisburg for good.
In the fourth, Harrisburg's defense stood tall once again. The Eagles held a warmed up Magnuson off the scoreboard in the fourth, limiting the Bulldogs to only five points.
Feeling the pressure, Creswell was forced to intentionally foul but the Eagles were equal to the task from the free throw line to ice the game.
Harrisburg (13-6, 9-0 league) take their perfect conference record on the road Tuesday when they take on the Coquille Red Devils (14-4, 7-1 league) . The first time the teams played, Harrisburg took the win 56-46 at home.