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.