TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Now that’s how you close out a win at home.
The Eastern boys basketball team ended Tuesday night’s non-conference tilt with Nelsonville-York on a 15-to-6 run, capping off the 55-45 victory, at ‘The Nest’.
The Eagles (4-10) got started on the right foot, outscoring the Buckeyes (4-11) 18-7 in the opening quarter and pushing the advantage to 31-18 by halftime.
The Orange and Brown trimmed the deficit to nine points, 38-29, by the end of the third period, and followed up with a 10-2 run to start the fourth period. However, the Green and Gold never relinquished their lead and rolled to a 55-45 victory.
Eastern was led by junior Jett Facemyer with 18 points, followed by senior Cameron Richmond with 17 points and a game-high five assists. Dillon Swatzel and Chase Curtis each scored eight points, with Swatzel recording a game-best 13 rebounds. The Eagle offense was rounded out by Corbett Catlett with four points in the win.
The Green and Gold shot 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) from the free throw line and 21-of-47 (45.7 percent) from the field, including 3-of-7 (42.9 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team Eastern finished with 36 rebounds, five assists, three steals, two blocked shots and 13 turnovers.
Aron Davis led the Buckeyes with 18 points and eight boards, followed by Hunter Edwards with 17 points and two assists. Noah Andrews scored seven points, Ronnie Wend added two, while Christian Berry rounded out the NYHS total with one marker.
Nelsonville-York made 9-of-26 (34.6 percent) free throw attempts and 17-of-43 (39.5 percent) field goal attempts, including 2-of-14 (14.3 percent) three-point tries. The guests finished with 31 rebounds, six assists, nine steals, one rejection and 12 turnovers.
Eastern — which has won four of its last five contests — returns to the court on Friday when it visits 12-2, league leading, Trimble. The Tomcats claimed a 78-42 victory at EHS on December 18, and they are a perfect 7-0 in Glouster this season.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.