Federal Hocking Lancers Fall Just Short of First Win Against Eastern Eagles

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The Eastern Eagles force 11 Lancer turnovers in the second half to end a seven game losing streak and beat the Lancers 57-47.

“In the second half, we were able to convert through our defense and once the defense started causing turnovers for us,” stated Eastern head coach Jeremy Hill.

 Federal Hocking held the lead all the way up until the three-minute mark in the third quarter, when Eastern forward Kaleb Hill made an and-one layup to put the Eagles up 28-27. Eastern went on to extend the lead to 10 points heading into the fourth quarter.

The Lancers attempted a comeback with less than two minutes to play in the game, however, the lead was too great to come back from.

Eastern struggled to get star player Jett Facemyer involved early in the game, as he finished the first half with eight points. This came down to great defensive play from Lancers guard Deakin Hatfield, who face-guarded Facemyer the entire game. Facemyer did finish with 20-points and had two rebounds.

 “They went to a box-and-one like Miller did, but the only thing tonight is we did a better job of Jett coming off of screens and us setting screens,” said head coach Jeremy Hill.

Turnovers played a key component for both teams tonight. The two teams combined for 41 turnovers. In comparison, the two teams only made 40 field goals.

Eastern did not compile an assist until the third quarter; however, the team did have nine assists in the fourth quarter including five from Jeremiah Martindale.

Jared Hawk who finished the night with 20 points led the Lancers. With that being said, only one other Lancer finished with more than 10 points and that was Walker Church who finished with 11 points. Federal Hocking only had four assists.

“I want to give a lot of credit to Fed Hock, they are much improved and very hungry, and I think our boys thought it was going to be a bit of a cakewalk because of the first game, but all the credit goes to Federal Hocking,” stated head coach Jeremy Hill.

The Eagles look to turn one win into two as they travel to Wahama on Friday Jan. 27.

While, Federal Hocking is still searching to get its first win on Friday at home to Miller.