Eupora Eagles qualify for first-round of state tournament

By Austin Bishop
Webster Progress Times

When the dust had settled in the Region 4-2A Basketball Tournament held at Winona High School last week, the Eupora High School boys came out with the No. 4 seed, but head coach Danya Turner knows all to well his team could have finished No. 3, or even played for the region championship.

“The guys played hard, they really did,” said Turner, who was set to lead his Eagles against

Mike Robertson/Courtesy Kieem Bell (13) looks to the rim for a lay up.

Mike Robertson/Courtesy
Kieem Bell (13) looks to the rim for a lay up.

South Delta on Tuesday night in the first round of the MHSAA Class 2A Boys State Basketball Tournament.

Mike Robertson/Courtesy Al Dumas (5) drives the ball hard up court.

Mike Robertson/Courtesy
Al Dumas (5) drives the ball hard up court.

“We played a great game on Thursday night, but we just came up short. If we would have made free throws we would have won. On Friday night we were right there, but needed to force one more turnover and couldn’t get it.”

Mike Robertson/Courtesy Under heavy pressure, Al Dumas (5), lays the ball up for a score.

Mike Robertson/Courtesy
Under heavy pressure, Al Dumas (5), lays the ball up for a score.

The Eagles opened the week by turning a nine-point deficit into a 59-48 win over Bruce. Then the Eagles played Okolona tight for most of the game, but were outscored 14-2 in the fourth quarter as the Chieftains took a 59-44 win. Eupora missed 22 free throws in that game. On Friday night the Eagles came from behind against Winona, but came up just short in a 62-60 setback.

_MG_8573Cameron Culpepper scored 17 points to lead Eupora against Bruce, while Corson Gunn had 14, Makaylon Bean nine and Drew Richardson and Kaylend Coffey eight each.

Al Dumas scored 12 to lead EHS against Okolona, while Coffey had 22 points and Gunn 15 against Winona.
The Eupora girls dropped a 52-43 decision to Bruce in the first round of the region tourney to bring their season to a close.

Mike Robertson/Courtesy Eupora’s Cameron Culpepper (3) goes to the basket, guarded by East Webster’s Art Thompson (14) and Charlie Brand (15).

Mike Robertson/Courtesy
Eupora’s Cameron Culpepper (3) goes to the basket, guarded by East Webster’s Art Thompson (14) and Charlie Brand (15).