Updated Wed, Dec 11, 2013 2:38 pm
Tuesday night’s game against South Gallia proved to be too much for the inexperienced Eagles. The Rebels dominated the floor in the third quarter, forcing 28 total turnovers, which ultimately plagued the Eagles in the 57-46 loss.
The teams played nearly identically in both the first and second quarters.
When the Eagles went into halftime, they were down by just one point, 20-19. The 0-2 squad, led my freshman point guard Jett Facemyer, looked to be a different team in the first half than they had been in previous games.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, when they returned from the locker room, they found themselves in a series of unfortunate events on the court.
In the third quarter, South Gallia took control of the game and solidified a comfortable lead due to the Eagles excessive turnovers. Instead of throwing up outside shots, the Rebels used their big men to get easy baskets down low. Although they hustled to close the gap, Eastern could not come back from the 10-point third quarter deficit.
The Eagles showed promise in the first and second quarter.
Facemyer led the team with 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists. He was tenacious throughout the entire game and proved to be the Eagles leader.
Eastern struggled when it came to taking shots, as well as rebounding. Although the Rebels had a worse overall shooting percentage than the Eagles, they took 21 more shots than Eastern did. The overall rebounds were about even, but South Gallia took advantage around the glass and scored off of second chance opportunities, which is what helped them dominate the third quarter.
Eastern’s head coach Jeremy Hill is still optimistic and proud of his team despite their loss.
“We are 0-3 and not too many coaches could say positives things about that,” said Hill. “But one of the positives that we can take away from that is that we are getting better we are working harder.”
Eastern travels to Belpre on Friday, Dec. 13th to take on the Eagles, as both teams will look to garner their first win of the season.