CHARLOTTESVILLE — Jeremy Powers refers to his team’s style of play as “relentless.”
First-time observers may call it controlled chaos. Opposing players may deem it exhausting.
Eastern Hancock gave Cambridge City Lincoln a full dose of relentless Wednesday evening, defeating the Golden Eagles 62-39 in a Sectional 41 quarterfinal contest in Charlottesville.
The Royals (16-4) advanced to play Hagerstown (15-5) in the second semifinal Friday after the Tigers topped Centerville 40-36 Wednesday.
Northeastern (1-16) and Knightstown (16-4) square off in the first semifinal Friday. The championship game is Saturday night.
Wednesday, EH’s 22 steals aided in 23 Cambridge City turnovers — 16 of which came in the first half — and resulted in run-out after run-out for the hosts. Rarely did the Royals have to slow down and engage in their half-court offense.
“Come at you all night, non-stop. We’ve preached that since Day 1, and we’re going to be relentless in everything we do offensively and defensively. I think that plays in the success,” said Powers, EH’s third-year coach. “They’ve bought into being relentless, and you saw a great example of that tonight.”
Powers added: “We’re going to play that pace, and we’re going to make teams play our pace. If they can’t play our pace, the result showed tonight.”