The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 25, 2014

Eagles set rapid pace, top Andover for fifth

CHANUTE, Kan. — Joplin had firm control by halftime in handling Andover Central 68-58 for fifth place in the Ralph Miller Classic on Saturday at Chanute High School.

Charlie Brown, who finished with five treys among 29 points, had 20 in the first half to key the Eagles’ 39-24 advantage.

Jeff Williams’ Eagles improved to 11-4 entering Tuesday night’s home game with Springfield Central.

“Our defense created our offense,” Joplin assistant Jim Graffam said of the first half. “We got Andover Central going at a pace that resulted in turnovers — some easy baskets for us — and quick shots on their part. Charlie (Brown) hit some 3s against a zone.

“Our bench again played very well,” Graffam said. “So did our inside people.

“Carlos Santillan (a 5-foot-10 junior) finished with 17 points, had some steals and was 6-for-6 from the foul line,” Graffam said.

“Carlos continues to improve.”

Brown, a 6-1 senior, scored 12 points in the second quarter.

The Eagles received scoring from eight players.

Darraja Parnell, a 6-2 sophomore, powered Andover Central with 31 points. Christian DeYoung added 11.

The Eagles will remain at home next Friday night, entertaining Rolla in an Ozark Conference game.

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