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Eagles Overcome Early Deficit To Defeat Stormy Petrels

Josh Cammon drives the baseline

ATLANTA, Ga. - Bridgewater battled back from an early 14-point deficit Sunday afternoon to defeat Oglethorpe on the second day of the Comfort Inn and Host Suites Holiday Classic.

Oglethorpe jumped out to an early 24-10 lead over the Eagles and the margin was still 14 points 31-17 with 6:10 left in the half.

The Eagles used a 7-0 spurt to cut the margin in half. Josh Cammon netted two buckets and Dimetri Chambers added a three-point play to pull the Eagles to within 31-24 with 4:54 left in the half.

Following a timeout, the Stormy Petrels reeled off six straight points to build the margin back to 13 points, 37-24, with 2:37 left before half.

The Eagles closed the half with another 7-0 spurt to close the gap to six. Jimmie Sanders and Ken Stanciel scored on layups and a Chambers' 3-pointer at the buzzer cut the Oglethorpe lead to 37-31 at the break.

Bridgewater continued its climb to start the second half as an 8-2 spurt capped by a layup from Chambers pulled the Eagles even at 39-39 with 17:12 left.

Oglethorpe quickly regained the lead on a jumper by Will Koch and the hosts stayed on top until two free throws by Cammon gave the Eagles a 48-47 lead with 11:31 remaining in the game.

Bridgewater maintained the upper hand until a 3-pointer by Koch tied the game at 58-58 with 6:03 left.

Chandler Murray put the Eagles ahead, 60-58, with two free throws, but Bridgewater was unable to shake free from the Stormy Petrels until the closing minutes.

A bucket by Davrion Grier gave the Eagles a three-point, 65-62 lead with three minutes left and , after Oglethorpe missed a potential tying 3-pointer, the Eagles had three shots at the basket but were unable to convert. Oglethorpe missed again from long range and the Eagles controlled the rebound. This time, Sanders knocked down a big 3-pointer to give Bridgewater a little breathing room, 68-62, with 2:22 left.

Sanders hit another jumper on the next Bridgewater possession to boost the margin to eight points and the Eagles finished off the 77-70 victory.

Chambers, who was named to the all-tournament team, matched his career high with 28 points to lead the Eagles. Cammon added a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Stanciel just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine boards. Sanders finished with nine points and five assists.

The victory evens the Eagles' record at 6-6 on the season. Bridgewater returns to conference action Wednesday when the Eagles host Ferrum College at 4:30 p.m.