TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio —Talk about a turnaround.
The first time the Eagles and Falcons met this season resulted in a 78-42 win for Miller. The second time around however proved to be a different game entirely. The Eastern boys basketball team took the 69-54 victory over Miller Friday night in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division match up at “The Nest”, giving the Eagles back to back wins for the first time this season.
Eastern (5-12, 5-7 TVC Hocking) grabbed the momentum early, out scoring the Falcons (7-11, 7-5) 22-to-7 over the opening stanza. The Eagles cooled off a bit in the second quarter but still managed to out score Miller 9-to-8 in the period to expand the lead to 16 points at the half.
The Green and White came out of halftime with their second 22 point quarter of the night. EHS held the Falcons to just 11 points in the third and the Eagles led 53-26 with eight minutes remaining. Miller scored 28 points in the fourth period but it wasn’t enough, as Eastern marked 16 to seal the 69-54 victory.
The Eagles were led by Kirk Pullins with 20 points and Max Carnahan with 18. Both Pullins and Carnahan had a double-double with Pullins grabbing 10 rebounds, and Carnahan marking 10 assists. Chase Cook scored 10 points, Troy Gantt added nine, while Zakk Heaton and Brent Welch rounded out the EHS scoring with six points apiece.
The Eagles finished with 28 rebounds, 14 assists, six steals and 22 turnovers in the victory. Eastern shot 24-0f-33 (72.7 percent) from the free throw line and 22-of-48 (45.8 percent) from the field, including just 1-of-8 (12.5 percent) from beyond the arc. Carnahan hit Eastern’s lone triple.
The Purple and White were led by Elijah Radar with 25 points and Skylar Hook with 10. Traven Wood and Hunter Starlin each had five points, followed by Jake Walters with four, Garrett Sinift with three and Troy Ladd with two.
The Falcons shot 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from the line and 21-of-64 (32.8 percent) from the field including 5-of-20 (25 percent) from beyond the arc. Radar had four of Millers treys while Wood drained the other.
The Eagles improve to 5-3 at home this season, while Miller falls to 3-7 in road games. There was a 51 point turnaround from the first game to this contest. EHS and the Falcons also split the season series last year.