Eagles still seeking first SWBL win

By Deron Newman - For The Register-Herald

EATON — Eaton’s boys’ basketball team dropped a pair of Southwestern Buckeye League match-ups last week as they continue to look for their first SWBL divisional win. The Eagles are now 6-13 overall, 0-9 in the SWBL.

Eaton opened the week on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Brookville. The Blue Devils came into the game with a 15-1 record. At that point, their lone loss of the season came against Franklin, who leads the division.

The Eagles got off to a slow start against Brookville and could not recover from an early double-digit deficit. Brookville outscored Eaton 17-4 in the first quarter, on the way to a 60-42 win.

Trevor Pittman led the Eagles with 17 points. Danny Howard pulled down six rebounds and had two blocks.

Brookville needed the victory to keep pace with Franklin at the top of the SWBL Southwestern Division standings. The Wildcats entered the week unbeaten in the division, Brookville had just one loss.

After the win against Eaton, Brookville dropped a second SWBL game on Friday, Feb. 3, losing to Valley View. Franklin, however, also lost on Friday at Oakwood, keeping the Blue Devils within one game. The two teams were scheduled to play each other on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Franklin.

Eaton travelled to Monroe on Saturday, to take on an improving Hornets team. After a 3-8 start to the season, Monroe has won six of their last eight.

Unlike the game against Brookville, Eaton played even with the Hornets in the first half, leading 24-23 at the break. The Eagles increased their lead through the third quarter and went into the final period ahead 37-28.

Monroe, however, closed out the game outscoring Eaton 25-5 in the final frame, claiming a 53-42 win.

Eaton will close out the regular season with three SWBL games. They were scheduled to host Valley View on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in their last home game. The will end the regular season on the road at Franklin on the following Friday, and at Bellbrook the next Friday.

By Deron Newman

For The Register-Herald