TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Sometimes you’re just outmatched.
The winless Eastern boys basketball team fell to unbeaten Waterford by an 81-44 count on Tuesday night, in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division showdown at ‘The Nest’.
The Wildcats (5-0, 5-0 TVC Hocking) drained six trifectas in the opening stanza and led 27-14, eight minutes into play. The Eagles (0-7, 0-5) were held to just four points in the second period, as Waterford’s lead grew to 46-18 at halftime.
WHS outscored its host 20-to-10 in the third period to extend its lead to 66-28 headed into the finale. With Waterford’s starting five on the bench for the majority of the final quarter, Eastern outscored the Wildcats by a 16-to-15 margin, but WHS came away with the 81-44 win.
“Waterford’s a better ball club than we are and we knew that going in,” third-year EHS head coach Jeremy Hill said. “You have to be a realistic coach and you have to be a realistic team. The fact of the matter is, there are ball clubs out there that are simply better than us, and tonight was an example of that.”
The Eagles were led by junior Jett Facemyer with 30 points on 12-of-24 shooting from the field and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe. Dillon Swatzel — who sank Eastern’s lone three pointer — finished with nine points in the setback, Corbett Catlett and Ross Keller each marked two points, while Austin Coleman finished with one point for the Green and Gold.
As a team the Eagles shot 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) from the free throw line and 18-of-50 (36 percent) from the field, including 1-of-5 (20 percent) from beyond the arc. EHS finished with 28 rebounds, led by Facemyer with six and Ty Bissell with five. Eastern committed 17 turnovers, while forcing only six.
Jordan Welch led the Wildcats with 21 points, followed by Tyler McCutcheon with 14 and Bryce Hilverding with 10. Isaac Huffman marked nine points, Travis Pottmeyer added seven, Wyatt Lang chipped in with six, while Montana Brooker had five and Cody Harris scored four. Noah Hilverding and Daulton Shriver rounded out the WHS scoring with three and two points respectively. The guests sank 17 two-pointers, 13 three-pointers, and made 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) attempts from the free throw line.
Waterford is now averaging 76 points per game, while allowing 52. EHS has scored 46.3 points per game, while allowing 66.9. This is the Wildcats’ second straight 80-point performance and their second straight 30-plus point victory.
Eastern will try to upset the Wildcats on February 2, in Waterford. The Eagles return to action on January 2, when they visit current unbeaten Meigs.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.