TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — There’s no place like home.
The Eastern boys basketball team snapped a four-game losing skid Tuesday night by claiming its third straight home win with a 67-58 decision over visiting Waterford in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Meigs County.
The Eagles (3-8, 3-4 TVC Hocking) — who are now 3-2 overall at the Eagle’s Nest this season — overcame a 15-12 first quarter deficit with a sizable 21-8 surge in the second canto, which gave the hosts a comfortable 33-23 intermission cushion.
The Wildcats (4-4, 2-3) were never within three possessions the rest of the way, as EHS made a small 11-10 spurt in the third quarter to secure a 44-33 lead headed into the finale. WHS made a 25-23 run down the stretch, but its rally attempt ultimately ran out of time in the nine-point outcome.
The Eagles connected on 24-of-37 field goal attempts for a blistering 65 percent, including a 2-of-3 effort from three-point range for 67 percent. The hosts were also 13-of-20 at the free throw line for 65 percent.
Kirk Pullins led Eastern with game-highs of 29 points and 18 rebounds, followed by Chase Cook with 12 points and Zakk Heaton with 10 markers. Max Carnahan and Troy Gantt respectively rounded out the scoring with nine points and seven markers.
Austin Shriver paced Waterford with 21 points, followed by Brian Moore with 14 markers. The guests were 13-of-24 at the charity stripe for 54 percent and also hit 15-of-55 field goal attempts for 27 percent, including a 5-of-15 effort from behind the arc for 33 percent.