EATON — Eaton’s varsity boys basketball team came out strong against Preble Shawnee, but could not hold on to an early lead. The Eagles hosted the Arrows on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Eaton held the advantage for the most of the first three quarters, but were outscored in the final period and dropped the game, 51-46.
“I thought the kids came out with good energy and played hard,” coach Denny Shepherd said. “PS made some tough shots in the second half and made their free throws, especially late in the game.”
Eaton jumped out to a seven point lead in the first quarter, 17-10. The lead was cut to three going into halftime, 27-23. By the end of the third period, the Arrows had evened the game, 33-33.
Preble Shawnee hit several key free throws down the stretch and was able to come away with a 51-46 win. The Arrows final 12 points all came from the free throw line.
Isaac Manning led the Eagles in scoring with 13 points. Hunter Frost added eight points and also pulled down eight rebounds. Owen Baumann and Travis Pittman each had six points, and James Howard had five rebounds. The Eagles struggled from three-point range, hitting just 3-of-18.
Eaton is now 1-2 on the season with a full slate of games set for the week. They were scheduled to host Brookville on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The Blue Devils are one of the teams Shepherd believes will top the standings in the SWBL’s Southwestern Division.
The Eagles (1-2) are set to be on the road both Friday, Dec. 14 (Oakwood) and Saturday, Dec. 15 (Arcanum).