STEWART, Ohio — A 22-8 first quarter run ultimately made all the difference for host Federal Hocking Friday night during a 67-47 victory over the Eastern boys basketball team in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Athens County.
The visiting Eagles (0-12, 0-9 TVC Hocking) never led in the contest, as the Lancers (6-6, 4-4) forced 30 turnovers and shot 37 percent from the field throughout the wire-to-wire triumph. Fed Hock also picked up its third straight victory of the season.
Alfy Nichols buried three trifectas and scored 12 points in the opening period, which allowed the hosts to storm out to an early 14-point cushion. FHHS followed with a small 15-13 second quarter spurt, giving the Lancers a comfortable 37-21 cushion at the break.
Federal Hocking drove home the proverbial nail in the coffin in the third stanza, as the hosts went on a 19-9 charge to increase their lead out to 56-30 headed into the finale. EHS closed regulation with a 17-11 run to wrap up the final 20-point outcome.
The Lancers claimed a season sweep of the Eagles after posting a 64-51 victory in Tuppers Plains back on January 3. The win also allowed third-year FHHS coach Howie Caldwell to improve his record to 6-0 against his previous program.
Eastern was outrebounded by a 33-23 overall margin, which included a 15-7 edge on the offensive glass. The Lancers also committed 23 turnovers in the triumph.
EHS connected on 18-of-52 shot attempts for 35 percent, including a 4-of-16 effort from behind the arc for 25 percent. The guests were also 7-of-11 at the free throw line for 64 percent.
Christian Speelman led the Eagles with 19 points, followed by Cameron Richmond with eight points and Jett Facemyer with five markers. Andrew Stobart and Jack Kuhn both contributed four points, while Greyson Wolfe and Dylan Swatzel rounded things out with two markers apiece.
Federal Hocking netted 21-of-57 field goal tries overall, including a 4-of-12 effort from three-point range for 33 percent. The hosts were also 21-of-33 at the charity stripe for 64 percent.
Alfy Nichols led the Lancers with a game-high 20 points, followed by Pete Crum with 12 points and Ivan Santiago with 10 markers. Fed Hock had 10 different players score in the victory.