Ridgway Christian boys basketball coach Danny Evans was happy to get a win against Cornerstone Christian on Tuesday night, no matter how his Eagles came by it.

Ridgway Christian boys basketball coach Danny Evans was happy to get a win against Cornerstone Christian on Tuesday night, no matter how his Eagles came by it.

That included blowing a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and making just 8 of 26 free throw attempts in a 65-55 win.

“There are going to be some ups and downs in basketball; you just have to be as calm as possible,” Evans said after the game. “My thing is to keep playing hard and if you do the right thing, good things are going to come to you.”

The Eagles played their hardest when it mattered most, ending the game on a 13-3 run in the final 2 minutes and 21 seconds of play. Keying the run was junior Larry Tate, who scored seven of his game-high 23 points in the Eagles’ run.

But it was also Ridgway’s pressure defense, which bothered Cornerstone all night, that continuously forced quick shots and turnovers from the Warriors.

“I think we get a little laid back once we get a lead,” Evans said of his team’s tendency, which was no different Tuesday night. “This is a young team, still learning how to win games, so this is good for us because they can see, ‘Don’t get all bent out of shape because it’s close.’”

Part of that defensive effort was a different style of implementing full-court pressure. At several times throughout the game, Evans substituted Cody and Jacob Andersen, along with Maleek Ware, into the game to apply full-court pressure.

The three players, who competed earlier in the junior high game, were often brought out of the game on the next stoppage. But their impact was noticeable, and Evans said it is his way of trying to create more mistakes for opponents.

“When I put those young guys in there to put a little pressure on, obviously I’m looking for a steal or something like that,” Evans said.

Cornerstone was led by Andrew Baker’s 21 points, while Tyler Burchfield added 19. But the Warriors were hindered by foul trouble and a shallow bench, as Hunter Guoffrey and Logan Burchfield both fouled out of the game with more than 3 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

“I had two key (players) fouled out, that hurt me on my bench,” Cornerstone coach Trent Young said. “But the guys fought hard, they scrapped and got after it and I was proud of them for that.”

The Eagles’ next game is against Life Way Christian at home Friday.