TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — On paper it was a matchup of two teams headed in opposite directions, but it’s why they don’t play games on paper.
The Wahama boys basketball team had won four consecutive games headed into Tuesday night’s Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division contest against host Eastern. The Eagles, who had lost four straight games, earned the 66-64 victory over the White Falcons at “The Nest”.
The Eagles (4-12, 4-7 TVC Hocking) began the game with an 11-to-2 run but Wahama (6-9, 5-6) countered with 8-to-2 run. Eastern closed the first quarter with eight unanswered points and led 21-10.
The Green and White scored the the first seven points of the second period and pushed the lead to a game-high 18 points. The White Falcons answered back with a 13-to-6 run to cut the lead to 34-23 at halftime.
Wahama cut into the lead even more in the after the half, out scoring EHS 23-to-17 in the third period. An 11-0 run to start the fourth gave the White Falcons the lead but Eastern out scored WHS 13-to-7 over the final five minutes of the game to seal the 66-64 victory.
The Eagles had four players reach double figures led by senior Max Carnahan with 22 points on the night. Chase Cook marked 16 points, while Troy Gantt and Kirk Pullins each added 12. Christian Speelman rounded out the EHS total with four points in the triumph.
Gantt led the Eagles with seven rebounds, while Carnahan finished with a game-high nine assists. As a team Eastern had 17 rebounds, 16 assists, eight steals and 12 turnovers. The Eagles were 14-of-18 from the free throw line for 77.8 percent.Cook and Carnahan each hit a pair of three pointers for the Eagles.
Hunter Bradley led Wahama with 24 points, followed by Trenton Gibbs with 16 and Wyatt Zuspan with 11. Dakota Sisk added seven points, while Jacob Ortiz, Austin Jordan and Hunter Rose each finished with two points.
Gibbs led WHS with eight rebounds, while Zuspan’s seven assists led Wahama. Combined the White Falcons had 22 rebounds, 15 assists, seven steals and 11 turnovers. The Red and White shot 11-of-16 from the free throw line for 68.8 percent. WHS made nine triples in the game, led byBradley with four and Gibbs with three. Zuspan accounted for the other Wahama triples.
The victory avenges Eastern’s December 18th loss to Wahama, that came by the count of 61-51 in Mason. All four of the Eagles wins have been at “The Nest” this season, with their home record standing at 4-3. The White Falcons have struggled away from Mason this season, with their road record now standing at 1-7.
The EHS triumph is the first over Wahama since January 18th 2011, when the Eagles defeated the host White Falcons 57-41. WHS had won four straight against Eastern. This is the first home win over Wahama the Eagles have had since the White Falcons entered the TVC Hocking.