On Feb. 2, 2013, Our Toccoa Falls men’s basketball team faced our bitter rivals, Clearwater, in an epic matchup. Many students gathered to cheer for their beloved eagles as they came out with a 94-79 win. The Eagles played with swag and determination to come with a win for their great fans. Jason Mehl, the men’s head coach talked more on what played a role on the Eagles’ big win that Saturday. “The biggest difference that led to their big win against Clearwater was earlier in the week against Sewanee. They were making good shots and doing great defensively in that game. After that loss, I showed them the film where they were playing great basketball and it all has clicked since then.”
Mehl also stated that “after the loss to Florida Christian the night before, I told them ‘let us keep playing our game.” During the whole span of the game, Clearwater showed signs of coming back and keeping the game close. It was not enough though when the second half came and the Eagles’ defense exploded.
I asked Mehl who he found as the MVP of the game. “There is not really a MVP individually for this game. MVP goes to the whole team. They played great basketball. The MVP probably would go to the defense.” Mehl also pointed me to some stats that were phenomenal. Six players were in double figures in points scored and two of them were from the bench. The Eagles’ had eighteen steals as well as forcing forty turnovers against Clearwater. Safe to say, the Eagles’ defense is clicking at just the right time before they close out the regular season with region tournament just a couple weeks away.