TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — The Eastern boys basketball team scored double digits in only one quarter and shot just over 24 percent from the field Friday night during a 62-31 setback to visiting Belpre in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Meigs County.
The host Eagles (1-14, 1-10 TVC Hocking) never led in the contest, as the Golden Eagles jumped out to an 18-5 first quarter edge and never looked back. EHS, however, did follow with its best eight minutes of the night after making a small 11-10 second quarter run to close to within 28-16 at the intermission.
Belpre (6-8, 5-4) put things away in the second half, as the guests made a 14-8 run in the third for a 42-24 lead and closed regulation with a 20-7 charge to wrap up the 31-point decision. The victory allowed BHS to claim a season sweep after posting a 58-41 home win back on December 13.
Eastern connected on 13-of-54 shot attempts overall and sank 2-of-4 free throw attempts for 50 percent. The guests, conversely, made 24-of-42 field goal tries for 57 percent and also netted 9-of-11 charity tosses for 82 percent.
Christian Speelman led EHS with 13 points, followed by Chase Cook with seven points and Greyson Wolfe with five markers. Jett Facemyer and Cameron Richmond rounded out the scoring with four and two points, respectively.
Nick Therriault paced Belpre with a game-high 15 points, followed by Logan Plummer with 14 points and Deijon Bedgood with eight markers.