The Abundant Life Owls got back on the court for a pair of games after taking a forced night off last Tuesday thanks to another round of icy weather.
Neither game turned out quite as well as the Owls might have wanted, losing to Cutter Morning Star on Friday and then to England Tuesday night.
Traveling to Cutter Morning Star in Hot Springs was going to be a challenge, but Abundant Life brought its A-game early on.
The Owls jumped out to a 17-6 lead in the first quarter and led 28-21 at halftime. The Eagles seemed to have no answer for Eric Moore and Blake Holmes. Holmes worked inside and outside with a pair of threes to score 13 points in the first half, while Moore was right behind him with 12 points.
But while Moore and Holmes scoring such a large percentage of the Owls’ points worked for a half, the second half saw the Eagles make a comeback for a 49-39 win.
Glenn Ford made a bucket in the first quarter for the Owls, while Kendall Harness made a free throw. Moore and Holmes were the only two Owls to find the bottom of the net the rest of the night, and were keyed on in the second half with Moore held to six points and Holmes to five.
Against England Tuesday night, the Owls ran into a buzz saw that has been averaging over 80 points a night for the last two weeks.
The Lions kept that up with an 81-54 win that moved them to 7-1 in the conference. England’s only conference loss was by one point to Poyen, who has lost just once all season.
Abundant Life received another big night by Moore, who led all scorers with 25 points. Holmes scored nine points, while Harness added seven points.
AJ Akin scored five points against England, while Adam Bemus and Brandon Lingo each added a three-pointer. Anton Tubbs completed the scoring with a basket for two points.
The Owls have a string of tough games coming up in the next week. First they take on Mountain Pine at home on Friday night. Mountain Pine gave the Owls a loss earlier this season on a night Abundant Life was not at their best. On Monday, the Owls will take on a tough Carlisle team, then travel to Poyen to try their luck against first place team in the conference.