TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Start strong and never look back.
The Eastern boys basketball team led by 12 points through eight minutes of play Saturday night at ‘The Nest’, and the Eagles cruised to a 67-51 victory over non-conference guest Green.
The Eagles (6-13) led 19-7 by the conclusion of the first quarter and pushed the lead to 29-16 by halftime. Eastern outscored the Bobcats by a 16-15 clip in the third quarter, making the EHS advantage 45-31 with eight minutes remaining.
The hosts scored 22 points and sank 10-of-14 free throws in the final quarter, capping off the 67-51 victory in style.
EHS junior Jett Facemyer led the Eastern offense with 24 points, followed by seniors Chase Curtis and Dillon Swatzel with 13 and 12 respectively. Austin Coleman posted six points, Ross Keller and Corbett Catlett each added five, while Cameron Richmond rounded out the Eagle scoring with three points.
For the game, Eastern shot 17-of-31 from the free throw line, equaling 54.8 percent.
Tanner Kimbler led the Bobcats with 15 points, followed by Zach Garrett and Hunter Lewis with 11 each. Tayte Carver scored nine points, Aaron Johnson added four, while Alex Hughes rounded out the Green total with one marker.
GHS shot 12-of-17 from the charity stripe, equaling 70.6 percent.
The Eagles have now won five of their last six home games. Eastern will return to action on Tuesday at Federal Hocking, where the Green and Gold will go for the season sweep of the Lancers. EHS won its first meeting with FHHS by a 57-45 count, in Tuppers Plains.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.