TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Terrance Mayle netted an offensive rebound as time expired in regulation Tuesday night, allowing visiting Federal Hocking to sneak away with a 40-39 victory over the Eastern boys basketball team in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at the Eagle’s Nest in Meigs County.
The Eagles (3-12, 3-7 TVC Hocking) led most of the opening three periods of play, as the hosts stormed out to an 11-2 advantage before ending the first quarter with an 11-7 edge. The Lancers pulled to within 11-9 early in the second canto, but EHS answered with an 11-6 surge to secure a 22-15 intermission lead.
FHHS (12-3, 10-1) made its biggest charge of the night in the third quarter after going on a 12-5 run to pull even at 27-all headed into the finale. The guests claimed a small 13-12 edge down the stretch to wrap up the one-point outcome.
Trailing 38-37, Eastern’s Kirk Pullins hit a layup with 22 seconds remaining — giving EHS a 39-38 advantage. Following a timeout with under 10 seconds left, the Lancers’ Pete Crum released a shot attempt that did not hit the rim.
Mayle, however, had the ball fall into his possession just underneath the basket, and his putback effort went through the cylinder as the horn sounded — allowing Fed Hock to claim a season sweep. FHHS won a 71-42 decision in Stewart back on December 7.
The buzzer-beater — which allowed Fed Hock coach Howie Caldwell to improve to 4-0 against his former program since leaving last year — was the second time in four previous contests that the Lancers beat Eastern at the horn. Caldwell’s first win over the Eagles last winter came after Chris Saylor hit a layup at the buzzer in a 43-41 decision at Federal Hocking.
The Eagles — who have now dropped four straight decisions — connected on 17-of-32 field goal attempts for 53 percent, including a 1-of-5 effort from three-point range. The hosts were also 4-of-7 at the free throw line for 57 percent.
Max Carnahan led EHS with a game-high 26 points, followed by Pullins with six points and Zakk Heaton with four markers. Brent Wlech and Troy Gantt rounded out Eastern’s scoring with two points and one point, respectively. Carnahan also led the hosts with six rebounds and six steals.
Shawn Parsons paced the Lancers with 10 points, followed by Max Carney with seven points and Mayle with six markers. The guests were 17-of-66 from the field for 26 percent, including a 3-of-9 effort from three-point territory for 33 percent.
FHHS — which currently owns a two-game lead over Belpre in the TVC Hocking standings — was 9-of-12 at the charity stripe for 75 percent.