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Jackets sting Royals: Morristown rallies for win


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CHARLOTTESVILLE — Eastern Hancock coach Aaron Spaulding aptly summed up the final 75 seconds of his team’s loss to Morristown.

“Their two best players made plays down the stretch,” he offered. “And that was the difference in the game.”

The Yellow Jackets’ two leading scorers, Jared Prange and Kyler Brewer, shot a combined 10-of-27, but made the necessary plays in the game’s waning seconds to seize victory from the Royals, 49-46.

In both teams’ Mid-Hoosier Conference finales — and on the blue and white’s senior night — Morristown improved to 12-6 (6-2 MHC) and EH dropped to 6-13 (3-5 MHC).

Morristown, which only led for four minutes and 25 seconds of game time, grabbed its first advantage since the first quarter at 47-46 on Prange’s triple from the left corner with 1:15 remaining in the final stanza.

Following a Royal turnover, the hosts opted not to foul immediately, hoping to force a return turnover.

The Yellow Jackets calmly wound down the clock before Brewer drove to his right and hit a running bank shot, upping his squad’s lead to 49-46 with 25 seconds left.

Eastern Hancock didn’t call timeout on the ensuing possession, and Garrett Lee’s last-gasp 3-pointer was partially blocked by Prange, who then corralled the deflectionand heaved the ball into the air, preventing the Royals from fouling.

Prange entered Friday leading Morristown in scoring (21.8 ppg) and rebounding (11.7 rpg), and Spaulding thought his squad made life difficult for the 6-2 senior forward — until the very end.

“We had a couple of breakdowns there late, but (Prange) struggled for most of the evening,” Spaulding said. “He did hit a shot at the end. We helped a little too much. He knocks down that shot and then we were trying to get a turnover.”

Brewer, the team’s second leading scorer (13.8 ppg), enjoyed better luck from the field (5-of-10 shooting).

However, the 6-3 senior and Prange both tallied 13 points, connecting on four 2-pointers, one 3-pointer and two free throws.

When the Yellow Jackets fell behind 36-25 late in the third quarter, the duo registered Morristown’s next 10 points and cut EH’s advantage to 38-35 by the end of the period.

The Royals were winners of four of five coming in, including a road takedown of Edinburgh Tuesday.

Friday, EH led 14-8 after a quarter and 23-20 at half, gaining scoring contributions from five different players and making Prange and Brewer work feverishly for each shot attempt.

Shane McCormick and Cody Wallace paired to tally 10 points during the Royals’ 13-5 run to start the third. But, EH would manage only two made field goals after that surge.

In their final home games, Wallace (15 points, six rebounds) and McCormick (eight points, eight rebounds) delivered solid performances. Isaiah McCormick added 13 points.

Eastern Hancock turned the ball over just 10 times and the taller Yellow Jackets won the rebounding battle by just two, but EH finished just 8-of-16 from the foul line, leaving precious points on the board.

“We did not shoot the ball well from the foul line,” Spaulding commented. “Other than that, we played good basketball.”

Notes: Eastern Hancock guards Garrett Hancock (mononucleosis) and Victor Vincz (illness) remain out indefinitely. … The Royals won the JV game 50-43. Caleb Wallen paced the home team with 12 points. … EH closes the regular season Friday at Sectional 41 host Hagerstown (16-2). Morristown hosts Anderson Prep (5-13) today. … Prange has 979 career points.

Morristown 49, Eastern Hancock 46

MO — Prange 5-17 2-2 13, Brewer 5-10 2-2 13, Escamilla 3-5 1-1 7, Nolen 1-4 0-2 3, Manning 1-5 0-0 3, Shepherdson 0-0 2-3 2, Munson 3-8 1-2 8. Totals — 18-49 8-12 49.

EH — Wallace 5-6 5-6 15, S. McCormick 3-10 2-2 8, I. McCormick 4-10 1-2 13, Lee 3-5 0-2 6, Henderson 0-2 0-2 0, Hicks 0-1 0-0 0, Fout 2-5 0-0 0, Noel 0-0 0-0 0, Gilbert 0-2 0-2 0. Totals — 17-41 8-16 46.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

MO (12-6, 6-2 MHC ) 8 12 15 14 — 49

EH (6-13, 3-5 MHC) 14 9 15 8 — 46

Three-pt. field goals: MO 5-18 (Prange 1-6, Brewer 1-3, Nolen 1-3, Manning 1-3, Munson 1-3), EH 4-15 (S. McCormick 0-1, I. McCormick 4-9, Lee 0-1, Henderson 0-2, Fout 0-2).

Rebounds: MO 26 (Prange 7, Brewer 2, Escamilla 5, Nolen 5, Manning 3, Shepherdson 4), EH 24 (Wallace 6, S. McCormick 8, I. McCormick 4, Lee 2, Henderson 1, Hicks 1, Gilbert 2). Assists: MO 3 (Escamilla 1, Nolen 1, Manning 1), EH 6 (S. McCormick 2, Henderson 4). Steals: MO 1 (Nolen 1), EH 4 (S. McCormick 1, I. McCormick 1, Henderson 1, Gilbert 1). Blocks: MO 5 (Prange 1, Brewer 2, Shepherdson 2), EH 1 (S. McCormick 1). Total fouls: MO 18, EH 17. Fouled out: Escamilla (MO). Turnovers: MO 8, EH 10.

JV

Eastern Hancock 50, Morristown 43

EH — Reece 9, Spegal 5, Barton 7, Wallen 12, Davidson 9, Splater 8.

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