Pioneer Men In Runaway Past Indians, 68-40

Pioneer Men In Runaway Past Indians, 68-40
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Caleb Bryson goes up for 2 of game-high 22 points on the night.

By David Rogers. December 15, 2015. BOONE, NC — Throwing down the gauntlet to the rest of the Northwestern Conference that they are not to be trifled with, Watauga’s Pioneers enjoyed a statement-making performance Tuesday night at Lentz-Eggers Gym, blasting past St. Stephens in the season conference opener, 68-40.

COVER IMAGE: Michael Ebaugh knocked off the rust early to score 9 points vs. St. Stephens, while showing Coach Sanders that he CAN dribble the basketball.

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This game was over almost before it began with the rockin’ and rollin’, up-tempo Pioneers vaulting to a 28-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. They cooled off just a little bit in the 2nd period, but still led 35-16 at the half.  Then they simply poured it on with mostly reserves in the second half, recording a 57-32 advantage by the third quarter’s end before winning by 28 at the final buzzer.

Reserve point guard Corey West (12) got a lot of playing time in relief of Bryson and made the most of it with his ball distribution

Senior guard Caleb Bryson poured in a game-high 22 points, but perhaps the biggest story of the night was the surprise return of power forward Michael Ebaugh after suffering a very bad sprain two weeks ago that doctors said would keep him out of the lineup for 4-6 weeks.  Ebaugh looked solid, contributing 9 points, including 3-of-4 from the charity stripe in the first half.

Pioneer head coach Rob Sanders was able to empty his bench and give valuable playing time to every player on his roster. Afterwards, in speaking with Blowing Rock News, he noted that junior Kevin Kapral, who has only rarely seen playing time on this senior-laden roster, has been really improving in recent practices. “In the last three practices, particularly, Kevin has really improved on his defense. He’s a shooter and we have known that, but it’s his improved defensive skills that will get him on the court more.”

Behind Bryson and Ebaugh, Aaron Dobbins slipped in 8 points, mostly from in the paint, while Jerron Mills and Holden Russell added 7 apiece.


  • St. Stephens
    • 14 — Brown
    • 9 — Brown
    • 8 — Shumate

      Dobbins scored 8, mostly from in close.
    • 4 — Klingerberg
    • 2 — Merrill
    • 1 — Teague
  • Watauga
    • 22 — Bryson
    • 9 — Ebaugh
    • 8 — Dobbins
    • 7 — Russell
    • 7 — Mills
    • 6 — Valet
    • 3 — Kapral
    • 3 — Carmichael
    • 2 — West
    • 1 — Ringler

SLIDESHOW By David Rogers for Blowing Rock News

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