GILFORD — The Golden Eagles (7-3) had a week to prepare for the Farmington Tigers (7-5) and they were rewarded with a 57-43 victory Friday night. "This is what we worked on all week," said Gilford coach Chip Veazey. "We adjusted well to them, They are more of a half court team and we don't see that much in this area."
Caleb Orton led the charge for the Golden Eagles with a 17 point night. Orton was undersized compared to both of the Tigers counterparts, but managed to get underneath and score when needed. "I thought we did a good job inside," Veazey continued. "We took the cuts inside away and rebounded better than them."
Farmington's only lead of the game, 14-12, came in the first quarter and lasted only a minute and a half. The Golden Eagles outscored the Tigers to open the second quarter 10-1. Josh Joyce began the run by knocking down a three pointer seconds into the quarter. Joyce would have five of the ten points during the stretch and 12 for the game. Gilford headed to the locker room with a 28-24 lead.
Farmington would not get any closer than four points in the second half. "The difference in the games was the fact that we kept our poise and held out for the good shot," finished Veazey. Gilford pulled away early in the fourth quarter when Orton scored eight consecutive points to stretch the lead to ten with a minute remaining.
Gilford returns to the court tonight in Meredith to take on Inter-Lakes and returns home on Friday to host White Mountains.