We’re just past the halfway mark for the high school basketball season, which means it’s time to check in on our Eagles.

Our boys are 8-5 with a 3-3 record in the SEC Red Division. After a disappointing 2-3 start, which included 3 straight losses to city rival Huron, Temperance Bedford, and Clarkston, it looked like the Eagles’ season was doomed. However, the boys won all six of their games in January to pull themselves into second place in the division. Those wins include a double-overtime thriller against Belleville, an overtime win over powerful Dexter, and a victory against SEC White-leading Ypsilanti. However, two losses since, to Huron and Holly have set the Eagles back a bit in the SEC Red race, and they have since fallen to third behind Huron and Pioneer.

It’s mostly been a tale of two classes, with seniors Jonathan Muir-Cotton and Marshal Alexander-White leading the team in scoring, and freshmen Jack Ammerman and Brandon Wade providing a powerful backcourt for the Eagles. The Eagles have been a streaky team this year, with most of their struggles coming from a lack of consistent play. The Eagles seem to either be all on or all off at the same time this year. When the Eagles struggle, only one player is ever able to play well, and the rest of the team seems to only be a burden. Notably, in the recent game against Huron, Jack Ammerman stepped up and hit five three-pointers. However, the rest of the team struggled, most notably going 8 or 18 from the free throw line and committing many turnovers. The big question is which side of the Eagles will come out come playoff time: The Eagles that won six straight games, or the Eagles that lost by 20 in a huge rivalry game?