STEWART, Ohio — So much for gracious hosts.
The Eastern boys basketball team made it’s first road trip of the season Friday night when the Eagles traveled to face Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division rival Federal Hocking. The Lancers shot 50 percent from the field on the night en route to a 71-42 victory over EHS.
Federal Hocking (2-1, 2-0 TVC Hocking) came out of the gates fast, out scoring Eastern (0-3, 0-2) 27-13 in the opening stanza. The Eagles slowed the pace, holding FHHS to just 13 points in the second quarter but trailed 40-24 at the half.
The pace remained slow after the break, as the Lancers out scored Eastern 10-8 in the third period. Leading 50-32 Federal Hocking closed the door on the Eagles with a 21-10 fourth quarter, giving the Lancers their second consecutive win.
The Eagles were led by Christian Speelman with 15 points, followed by Max Carnahan with 14 points including Eastern’s only two three-pointers. Brent Welch had five points, Troy Gantt finished with four, Chase Jenkins had three and Daschel Facemeyer notched one point to round out the EHS scoring. Carnahan led Eastern in rebounds with five, assists with two, and steals with two, while Gantt had the Eagles only two blocks.
The duo of Cliff Bonner and Max Carney led FHHS with 15 points apiece on the night, followed by Alfy Nichols with 12 and Pete Crum with nine. Corey Rex had eight points, Shawn Parsons had notched five, Peyton Seel had four, Clayton Steele finished with two points and Terrance Mayle contributed one point to round out the FHHS scoring. Carney led the Lancers in rebounds with nine and blocks with two, Nichols had a team-high three assists, and Bonner led FHHS with five steals.
Eastern was 13-of-36 (36.1 percent) from the field, 2-of-15 (13.3 percent) from beyond the arc and 14-of-21 (66.7 percent) from the charity stripe on the night. The Lancers were 28-of-56 (50 percent) from the field, 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) from deep and 13-of-20 (65.0 percent) from the line in the triumph.
The Green and White committed 23 turnovers on the night while FHHS had just 10. The Lancers also held a 33-25 advantage on the glass.
Federal Hocking head coach Howie Caldwell improves to 3-0 against his former team since switching to the Maroon and Gold before the start of last season.
The Eagles will have their shot at revenge on January 22nd when the Lancers visit “The Nest”.