TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — It’s been a long December for the Eagles.
Despite 19 points from Jett Facemyer, the Eastern boys basketball team were defeated by Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division foe Trimble 78-42 on Friday night in Meigs County.
The hosting Eagles (0-6, 0-4 TVC Hocking) struggled on both ends of the court throughout the contest against the visiting Bulldogs (5-0, 4-0).
Bryce Guthrie netted the first points of the night for Trimble in the first 10 seconds of the game. Facemyer and Chase Curtis scored on consecutive possessions to give the Green and Gold the lead at the 6:07 mark of the first quarter. The Tomcats went on a 8-0 run in the middle of the period, led by four points from Justice Jenkins.
After a successful free throw from Curtis, the visitors went on a 7-0 run, which was ended by Curtis at the 1:39 mark. Corbett Catlett netted the final bucket of the quarter, but Trimble led 17-11 after the first period.
Guthrie opened the second quarter with a bucket. Curtis responded with a three-point shot for the Eastern. The Tomcats went on another 8-0 run, capped off by three points from Guthrie. Catlett netted a lay-up with 11 seconds left in the period, but Jenkins hit a lay-up of his own to give the Tomcats the momentum going into halftime. Trimble led 35-20 after 16 minutes of play.
Trimble led 21-19 in rebounds over the home team in the first half, but the Eagles only had four turnovers after the first two quarters. The Tomcats had seven. However, the visitors had more chances at the basket and made 15-of-34 (44 percent) field goals, while the Eagles only shot 8-for-24 (33 percent) in the first half.
Eastern looked to get back on track in the start of the third quarter. Facemyer netted a bucket in the opening minute of the half. Facemyer snapped another Trimble offensive run with less than four minutes left in the period. Curtis connected with a lay-up in the final minute of the quarter, but the visitors led 51-38 heading into the finale.
The Tomcats controlled the opening minutes of the fourth quarter with a 13-0 run. Facemyer gave Eastern its first points of the period at the 4:37 mark. The Eagles tried to get points in the quarter, but Trimble controlled much of the period with 15 rebounds — nine of which were offensive rebounds.
The Eagles finished shooting 16-of-50 field goals (32 percent), while the Tomcats shot 31-of-59 from the field (53 percent). Eastern made 9-of-14 from the free throw line (64 percent) and Trimble finished 11-of-22 from the charity stripe. Trimble had a 45-26 edge in rebounds. Both teams each finished with 10 turnovers.
Following Facemyer, Curtis had 12 points for the Green and Gold. Catlett and Dillon Swatzel each had four points, while Ross Keller contributed three points for the Eagles.
Jenkins and Guthrie each had 18 points for Trimble. Randy Hixon finished with 13 points, while Cody Jones had six points. Tyler Slack had five points for the Tomcats.
Both teams will meet again on Jan. 29 in Glouster. Eastern will seek its first win of the season against TVC-Hocking foe Waterford on Tuesday.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106