Eaton’s boys basketball team got its first win of the season in the opening round of the Second Annual Eaton Holiday Tournament, but couldn’t maintain the momentum as they fell to Milford, 62-31, the championship game Saturday night.
The Eagles defeated Hamilton Ross, 52-43, Friday, Dec. 27. Senior Erik Hoke led the way with 22 points and seven rebounds.
Sophomore Trey Smith added eight points and four rebounds.
“It’s a win,” Eaton coach Denny Shepherd said of Friday’s game. “I thought we played sluggish at the beginning. We were doing nice things defensively.
Eaton led 13-9 after one and the game was tied at 26 at halftime. The Eagles opened the third quarter with a 12-2 to take the lead for good.
The Eagles saw their lead slip to three (43-40) with just under four minutes left in the game and the Rams were still within four points (47-43) with 45 seconds left.
Shepherd said his team is in the early stages of learning how to win.
“They are learning to win and learning to do the things to help us to win more often than the things that don’t help up,” Shepherd said.
Shepherd said he noticed signs dating to the Bellbrook game, where his team let a double-digit lead get away and lost in the final seconds.
“We’re getting there,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll be more consistent every game. We’ve got a stretch here where that if they continue it’s going to build. And winning helps makes those things happen more often.”
On Saturday, Eaton (1-8) fell behind early and never recovered against Milford in suffering the loss.
Andrew Gevedon led the way with nine points. Hoke scored seven and grabbed four rebounds.
The Eagles are scheduled to host Valley View on Friday, Jan. 3 and Oakwood on Saturday.
Trail falls to Brookville
The Blazers were outscored 34-18 during the second and third quarters en route to a 54-38 loss at home to Brookville on Saturday.
Bailey Stewart led the Blazers with 16 points, while Niko Nakis tallied 14.
The Blazers were down only 9-6 after the first quarter, but fell behind 26-16 by halftime and 43-24 after three quarters.
Trail, now 0-8, is scheduled to host Ansonia Friday.