NELSONVILLE, Ohio — A 15-5 run over the final six minutes of regulation ultimately allowed host Nelsonville-York to break away from a 40-all tie Saturday night and claim a 55-45 decision over the Eastern boys basketball team in a non-conference matchup in Athens County.
The visiting Eagles (1-5) led 12-8 after one quarter of play, but the Buckeyes (5-2) countered with a 15-10 run in the second canto to secure a slim 23-22 edge at the intermission. NYHS kept that momentum going into the third period, as the hosts used a small 16-13 spurt to claim a 39-35 lead headed into the finale.
Eastern made a 5-1 charge over the opening two minutes of the finale to pull even at 40-all, but the Buckeyes countered with an 8-0 surge for a three-possession lead. EHS never came closer than 48-43 the rest of the way, and the hosts closed the game with a 7-2 run to wrap up the 10-point decision.
The Eagles connected on 16-of-40 field goal attempts for 40 percent, including a 3-of-9 effort from three-point range for 33 percent. The guests were also 11-of-18 at the free throw line for 61 percent and committed 22 turnovers, compared to just eight giveaways by NYHS.
Max Carnahan led EHS with a game-high 13 points, followed by Kirk Pullins with 11 points and Chase Cook with nine markers. Zakk Heaton and Christian Speelman each had four points for the guests, while Cameron Richmond and Troy Gantt rounded things out with two markers apiece.
Pullins had a team-high six rebounds and Cook followed with five caroms. Cook also added a team-best two assists.
The Buckeyes were 16-of-42 from the field for 38 percent, including a 5-of-10 effort from three-point territory for 50 percent. The hosts were also 18-of-33 at the charity stripe for 55 percent.
Jacob Blake and Clint Handa both paced Nelsonville-York with 11 points apiece, followed by Josh Fayette with 10 points and Emmitt Reed with nine markers.