True leads Royals to conference title

UNION — The Eastern Hancock Royals needed one more win to clinch a share of the Mid-Eastern Conference championship. On Friday night, led by senior guard Addison True, the Royals boys basketball program claimed more than that as they rolled past host Union (Modoc) 85-22.

True’s team-high 23 points and seven rebounds powered the Royals to their fifth win in six games and established new career records in both categories.

Entering with 1,427 career points and 572 rebounds, True surpassed Dustin Smith as the program’s all-time scoring king, while topping Caleb Kennedy in career rebounds. Smith set the school’s all-time mark with 1,447 career points in 2011. Kennedy set his record of 577 rebounds in 2008.

True currently has 1,450 career points and 579 rebounds with a home game against Hagerstown still on the regular-season schedule next week before the postseason begins.

Eastern Hancock’s win against Union improved its season record to 16-5 and pushed the team to 8-1 in the MEC.

The Royals lead Shenandoah (7-1 MEC) by one game in the standings. If Shenandoah defeats Wapahani on Feb. 23, they will tie Eastern Hancock for the title. If they lose, the Royals will claim the MEC outright.