HEMLOCK, Ohio — A 49-19 second half surge ultimately allowed host Miller to secure a 78-46 victory over the Eastern boys basketball team Friday night during a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Perry County.
The visiting Eagles (2-8, 2-4 TVC Hocking) fell behind 19-13 after eight minutes of play, but rallied with a 14-10 second quarter run to cut their halftime deficit down to 29-27 at the break.
The Falcons (3-6, 3-2), however, countered with runs of 23-7 and 26-12 over the final two frames to secure the 32-point decision while handing EHS its fourth straight loss. Miller led 52-34 headed into the finale.
Chase Cook led Eastern with 12 points, followed by Cameron Richmond and Kirk Pullins with seven markers apiece. Zakk Heaton and Christian Speelman each contributed five points, while Max Carnahan and Troy Gantt both rounded out the scoring with four markers apiece. EHS was 9-of-18 at the free throw line for 50 percent.
Skylar Hook paced Miller with a game-high 22 points, 13 of which came in the second half. Hunter Starlin was next with 19 markers, all of which came after the break. Elisah Rader also had 11 points for the victors, who went 15-of-26 at the charity stripe for 58 percent.