BELPRE, Ohio — Not the start the Eagles had hoped for.
The Eastern boys basketball team surrendered 22 first quarter points to Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Belpre Friday night. EHS fell to the Orange and Black 59-41, making it four consecutive losses to start the season for the Green and Gold.
The Eastern Eagles (0-4, 0-3 TVC Hocking) trailed 22-9 after the opening period and Belpre (2-3, 2-1) opened its lead up to 37-18 at halftime. Following the intermission the Green and Gold outscored BHS 12-to-8 but Belpre answered back and outscored EHS 13-to-11 in the fourth period to seal the 59-41 win.
Christian Speelman led EHS with 14 points including a pair of three-pointers, followed by Andrew Stobart led Eastern with nine points. Jett Facemyer and Chase Cook each added seven points, Dylan Swatzel had two, while Grayson Wolfe and Daschle Facemyer each had one point.
Belpre was led by Deijon Bedgood with 13 points, followed by Nick Therriault with 12. Nathan Mason and Brennen Ferrell both marked 11 points, Tavian Miller had four, Sam Petty marked three, while Zach Pribble and Logan Plummer each marked two.
Eastern was 9-of-14 from the free throw line for 64.3 percent, while Belpre was 20-of-29 for 69 percent. EHS will look for revenge on January 31 when Belpre visits Tuppers Plains.