Hancock's 15 points, Splater's 14 boards lead Royals

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CHARLOTTESVILLE — Only Greenfield-Central, Indian Creek and Tri can keep Eastern Hancock from matching its longest program winning streak of the last 20 years.

The Royals defeated Shenandoah 61-41 Wednesday to earn their eighth consecutive victory. Since the 1993-94 season, only the 2010-11 Eastern Hancock squad stayed hotter longer, with 11 straight Ws.

Wednesday, Garrett Hancock and Dustin Davidson ignited the Royals (9-2) after a slow start. The Raiders (6-6) jumped to a 14-10 first quarter lead.

“When we physically woke up is when it started to turn around,” EH coach Aaron Spaulding said. “We came out and we just … I don’t know, we were just kind of sleepwalking through the first six minutes.

“After that we did a pretty good job. Garrett Hancock and Dustin Davidson came off the bench and really played with some energy. They hit some shots, which was important because we were having a hard time hitting the bucket.”

Hancock finished with a team-high 15 points. The senior guard and junior backcourt mate Cole Fout combined to knock down 7-of-14 3-pointers in the game.

Fout had 13 points for the Royals, who trailed 25-23 at halftime and outscored Shenandoah 16-6 in the third quarter to take control.

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