OXFORD — Eaton’s boys’ basketball team struggled offensively on the road at Talawanda, dropping a third straight game, 52-27. The Eagles were 3-3 on the season going into the Tri-Village Tournament scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 27-28.
After shooting 50 percent from the floor in their win over Preble Shawnee, the Eagles have struggled offensively. Eaton shot 37 percent in losses to Bellbrook and Oakwood, and under 30 percent in the loss to Talawanda.
At Talawanda, Eaton fell behind 9-0 to open the game and trailed at the end of the first quarter, 15-4. Talawanda stretched the lead to 15 by halftime, 26-11.
The Eagles opened the second half with a pair of early baskets and seemed to be picking up momentum. Talawanda, however, regained the advantage in the quarter and maintained their double-digit lead going into the final period.
Eaton was led by Danny Howard with 10 points and nine rebounds. No other Eaton player had more than four points. The Eagles shot just 27 percent from the field and was 1-of-7 in three-point shots.
Eaton was also outrebound 44-27 and Talawanda was able to pull down 17 offensive rebounds giving them several second chances. Overall, the Braves took 56 shots, while Eaton shot 44 times.
The Tri-Village Tournament was set to tip-off on Tuesday, Dec. 27.
The Southwestern Buckeye League standings have Brookville and Franklin on top in the Southwestern Division. Both are unbeaten on the season at 6-0. The Eagles are scheduled to play Brookville on Friday, Jan. 6, at home.