Eastern outlasts Falcons, 67-61 in double overtime

By Alex Hawley - ahawley@civitasmedia.com

TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Revenge is a dish best served in overtime.

The Eastern boys basketball team avenged a December 4, 21-point loss to Miller on Friday night, knocking off the Falcons by a 67-61 count in double overtimes in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division showdown at ‘The Nest’.

The Eagles (3-9, 3-6 TVC Hocking) — who have now won three straight games — charged out of the gates, outscoring Miller (6-7, 2-7) 14-to-9 in the opening period. However, EHS was held to just five points in the second quarter and the lead was diminished to 19-17 at halftime.

The Falcons outscored their host 9-to-8 in the third period and trailed by just one point headed into the finale. Miller also edged EHS by one point in the fourth quarter, and the teams prepared for overtime tied at 42.

One overtime wasn’t enough however, as both teams scored nine points in the four-minute span. The Eagles took care of business in the second overtime period, charging out to a nine-point lead and holding on for the 67-61 victory.

EHS senior Cameron Richmond led the Green and Gold with 20 points, 13 of which came after regulation had expired. Dillon Swatzel and Jett Facemyer both scored 17 points, Chase Curtis and Corbett Catlett each added four, while Owen Arix and Ross Keller scored two points apiece. Austin Coleman rounded out the Eagle scoring with one point in the triumph.

Eastern — which shot 18-of-33 (54.5 percent) from the charity stripe in the game — connected on 11-of-15 (73.3 percent) free throws in the overtime periods. Keller, Swatzel, Catlett and Richmond each picked up their fifth foul in overtime.

Miller was led by Seattle Compston with 22 points and Carson Starlin with 13, followed by Austin Knippa with 10 and Garrett Bartley with seven. Alec Eveland scored six points, Dalton Hall added two, while Cole Geil rounded out the MHS scoring with one marker.

Miller made just 14-of-31 (45.2 percent) free throw attempts in the game, including only 3-of-10 (30 percent) in the extra sessions.

The Falcons, who had won back-to-back games headed into Friday’s tilt, topped EHS by a 75-54 margin on December 4, in Hemlock. This is the third straight season that Miller and Eastern have split the regular season series.

Eastern will try for its fourth straight win on Tuesday, when the Green and Gold tangle with 7-8 Belpre. The Golden Eagles defeated EHS 77-68 in double overtime on December 8, in Tuppers Plains.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley