WATERFORD, Ohio — For the first time since the first game of last season the Eagles have a road win.
The Eastern boys basketball team earned it’s third consecutive win Wednesday night with a 53-37 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division foe Waterford in Washington County.
The host Wildcats (5-10, 3-9 TVC Hocking) took the early lead, out scoring EHS (6-12, 6-7) 13-to-9 over the first eight minutes. Eastern answered back with a 12-to-7 run in the second period to take the one-point halftime advantage.
The Eagles turned up the intensity on both ends after the break, out scoring the Wildcats 14-to-6 in the third period to put the lead at nine points with one period remaining. Waterford scored 11 points over the final eight minutes but EHS marked 18 to seal the 53-37 victory.
Max Carnahan led Eastern with 21 points, followed by Kirk Pullins with 15. Troy Gantt finished with eight points, Christian Speelman had six, and Zakk Heaton added two. Chase Cook had one point to round out the EHS scoring.
Pullins closed out his double-double with a team-high 10 rebounds, followed by Carnahan with seven. Carnahan finished with team-highs in assists with five and steals with five. Other big contributors to Eastern’s defensive effort were Gantt with four steals and Pullins with five blocks.
As a team Eastern had 38 rebounds, 11 assists, 11 steals and 19 turnovers. The Eagles shot 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) from the free throw line and 22-of-46 (47.8 percent) from the field, including 2-of-7 (28.6 percent) from three-point range. Speelman accounted for the two EHS triples.
Waterford’s offense was led by Austin Shriver and Eli Strahler with eight points each, followed by Brian Moore with seven and Cody Paxton with six.
Eastern completes the season sweep of Waterford, as the Eagles also won on January 8th by a count of 67-58 in Tuppers Plains.