“We know you can’t win a game in the first quarter,” Springer said, “but we put ourselves in a great position to win.”
After opening the 11-point lead, Eastern was able to withstand and answer every run by the Argylls, keeping them at arm’s reach throughout. Eastern led 31-22 at the half and 46-37 after three, never letting Madison-Grant closer than six.
Kinder was a major answer to those brief runs by Madison-Grant, as the 6-2 sophomore posted a huge game of 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Cope finished with 11 points while Braden Evans added 10 points and seven rebounds.
Tipton won the regular season meeting 52-40 at Eastern on Feb. 1, but Springer called that game a bit of a turning point.
“That game, it sounds weird, but it gave our kids some confidence,” said Springer. “We were in it throughout before they spread it to 12 at the end. They are really good in the last quarter of games but we gained confidence we could be right there with a team like them.”