Updated Wed, Feb 12, 2014 1:34 am
For the second time this season, the Trimble Tomcats defeated the Eastern Eagles, handling their TVC-Hocking foe 79-42. The Tomcats (9-7, 8-5) improved their home record to 6-3 as the 37-point win marks their largest margin of victory this season.
Tuesday’s game gives Eastern (2-19, 1-14) its second largest defeat of the year, with its worst coming back on Jan. 4, in an 85-41 loss to Gallia Academy.
After the Eagles started the game with back-to-back 3-pointers from Greyson Wolfe and Cameron Richmond, Trimble came alive. The Tomcats exploded for a 23-4 run in the last five minutes of the first quarter to take a 23-10 lead at the end of the quarter.
Eastern continued to struggle in the second quarter, including Richmond, who missed seven straight shots after scoring the game’s first basket.
Jett Facemyer, Chase Cook and Christian Speelman also entered the game for the first time in the second quarter after being benched in the first for behavioral reasons.
Despite the return of their three key players, Eastern entered halftime trailing by 15 points and never got closer the rest of the game.
The Eagles shot only 29.4 percent from the field for the game and had no players score in double figures. Eastern also continued its three-point woes, making only 6 of 20 attempts.
“We only made it to the free throw line twice in the first half and we didn’t get back on defense,” head coach Jeremy Hill said. “Those two things were a back breaker and ball clubs don’t win if they don’t put the ball in the hole.”
Trimble picked up its largest victory Tuesday night over the Eagles with three players scoring in double figures. Sophomore Justice Jenkins recorded a season-high 14 points and four rebounds while Konner Standley and Grant Clarke added 13 points apiece.
Trimble looks to pick up its second straight win Wednesday night against the Alexander Spartans on the road. Eastern returns home Friday for senior night to face off against the Southern Tornadoes.