WAVERLY- The Eastern Eagles defeated the Piketon Redstreaks, 71-57, in the consolation game of the Pike County Holiday Classic, Friday night in Waverly.
The win takes the Eagles’ record to 5-3 on the year. The Redstreaks fall to 2-7, on the season, with the loss.
“We feel better about a win (than a loss),” Eastern Head Coach Tom Barrick said. “But there are some things we need to get ironed out. I thought we had better balance tonight, we had an inside out presence.”
The Eagles had three players in double figures. Ethan Leist, who was selected to the All-Tournament Team, had 17 points. That total tied a team-high with Michael Miller. Evan Leist had 14 points on the night. For Piketon, All-Tournament Team selection, Casey Moore had a game-high 24 points.
The game was nip and tuck for the first three quarters with neither enjoying a lead of more than seven points. In the fourth quarter the Eagles took control and extended their lead and sank their free throws to ice the game.
Eastern was able to utilize a 14-4 run that stretched from the 2:32 mark of the third quarter and extended two minutes into the final quarter to put away the Streaks.
A Cody Weaver put back halfway through the third period knotted the game at 33. Moments later, with 3:25 left in the quarter, Evan Leist, drained a deep ball to give the Eagles their first lead since the opening quarter.
At the end of the quarter, Leist rattled down a floater in the lane to give the Eagles their largest of the night, at the time, 46-39 after three quarters of basketball. The fourth quarter was all Eastern with six minutes left in the contest the lead reached double digits, 52-41.
“I was pleased the energy our kids had in the fourth quarter,” Barrick said.
The Eagles were able to hit their free throws down the stretch as Piketon started to foul to try to climb back in the game, but the Eagles were proficient from the stripe knocking down 18 of 28 free throws on the night.