Jan. 9, 2010,
One of the toughest missions for basketball teams playing in the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference is winning at Taylor Baptist Park.
Mission accomplished for Plymouth Christian Academy Friday night.
The Eagles improved to 2-3 with a confidence-building 70-60 triumph at BP.
"The Baptist Park crowd really gets behind their team, but the guys played solid to get our first road win," said PCA coach Mike Doyle. "Baptist Park is a tough place to play."
Senior Don Mullett paced the victors' balanced scoring attack with 18 points. Also shining for the Eagles were Eric Jipping (17 points, 10 rebounds), Mick Noel (13 points, 5-of-6 from the free throw line) and Ethan Walker, who registered six points and nine rebounds in a reserve role.
"It was a great overall team game for us," said Doyle, who noted that eight of his team's 10 players scored.
PCA used a 20-point second quarter to forge a 32-27 halftime advantage. The Eagles extended their cushion to 45-38 with eight minutes to play.
"We were up the entire second half and each time they would get close someone would make a big play for us," said Doyle. "The players learned from the two close games we had against Oakland and Franklin Road. We grew as a team as a result of the close games."
The loss dropped Baptist Park to 1-2.