Tomcats surge past Eastern, 43-33

By Bryan Walters -

TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — A 25-13 surge over the middle quarters ultimately allowed visiting Trimble to claim a 43-33 victory over the Eastern boys basketball team Friday night in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at the Eagle’s Nest in Meigs County.

The host Eagles (1-2, 1-1 TVC Hocking) matched baskets with the unbeaten Tomcats (2-0, 2-0) in the opening period, which led to an eight-all contest after eight minutes of play.

THS, however, received six points from Ryan Richards as part of a 12-7 second quarter run that gave the Red and Gray a 20-15 edge at the break.

The Tomcats got another half-dozen points from Richards in the third during a 13-6 charge that ultimately gave the guests a comfortable 33-21 cushion headed into the finale.

EHS ended regulation with a small 12-10 run, but the hosts never came closer than three possessions the rest of the way.

Jett Facemyer led Eastern with 12 points, with eight of those coming in the second half. Corbett Catlett was next with eight points, followed by Sharp Facemyer with six points and Matt Browning with five markers.

Jon Wolfe concluded the EHS tally with two points. The Eagles made only two of their 14 field goals from behind the arc and also went 3-of-5 from the free throw line for 60 percent.

Richards led Trimble with a game-high 14 points, followed by Kamron Curry with 11 points and Tyler Slack with nine markers.

Randy Henson and Max Hooper concluded the winning tally with respective efforts of five and four points. THS was 4-of-8 from the free throw line for 50 percent and also netted only one of its 19 made field goals from three-point range.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters