TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Slow starts to each half ultimately led to a bad finish.
The Eastern boys basketball team was outscored by a 33-19 overall margin in the first and third quarters, allowing visiting Nelsonville-York to sneak away from the Eagle’s Nest Wednesday night with a 65-55 victory in a non-conference matchup in Meigs County.
The Eagles (1-16) trailed 18-11 after eight minutes of play, but the hosts countered with a 19-16 second quarter run to close the halftime gap down to two possessions at 34-30.
The Buckeyes (10-7), however, answered the second half bell with a 15-8 third quarter surge, allowing NYHS to secure a double-digit lead of 49-38 entering the finale.
EHS closed regulation with a slim 17-16 spurt to wrap up the 10-point outcome, but never came closer than three possessions down the stretch.
Chase Cook and Christian Speelman both led EHS with 15 points apiece, followed by Cameron Richmond with 10 markers. Jett Facemyer was next with seven points, while Greyson Wolfe chipped in four markers.
Chase Jenkins and Daschle Facemyer rounded out the Eastern scoring with two points apiece. The hosts were 16-of-21 at the free throw line for 76 percent.
Jay Elliott paced the Buckeyes with a game-high 18 points, followed by Colt Adams and Josh Fayette with 17 markers apiece. NYHS was 14-of-20 at the charity stripe for 70 percent.