Eastern Eagles: Dec. 28- Jan. 3

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The Eastern Eagles (0-8, 0-5) are still searching for their first victory as they fell to the Meigs Marauders (10-0, 3-0) 64-38 on Jan. 2 handing the victory over to Meigs due to turning the ball over 36 times including 20 times in the second half.

Despite the Eagles playing good defense, the Marauders broke open  in the second quarter by outscoring Eastern 15-4. According to Coach Jeremy Hill the second quarter set the tone for the rest of the game and prevented Eastern from making a comeback.

Offensively, Eastern was led by point guard Jett Facemeyer and Dylan Swatzle, who have been the main scoring threats all season long. Facemeyer was in foul trouble throughout the game taking their only ball handler off the court, but help is on the horizon, according to Hill.

Luckily for the Eagles, Cameron Richmond will be cleared on Jan. 5 after sustaining a shoulder injury during football season. Richmond will play a key role as another key target to help out Facemeyer and Swatzle.

The Eagles could not contend with the different defenses that Meigs threw their way including a 1-3-1 zone and a 1-2-2 full court press. Having to play part of the game with no ball handler increased the amount of turnovers for the Eagles almost equaling the amount of points they scored.

The schedule will lighten up for Eastern now after playing its third consecutive game against an undefeated team. The next stretch will feature more teams that are having difficult seasons and Hill hopes that the Eagles will be able to grab a few victories.

Eastern will head to South Gallia (6-2, 3-2 TVC-Hocking) on Jan. 5 looking for its first win of the season.