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McCormick, Hancock lead EH upset of Union County


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CHARLOTTESVILLE — What was the busiest day for basketball ever at Eastern Hancock became even more so late Saturday afternoon.

The EH and Union County boys teams took the fourth of five games on the card to three overtimes, before the Royals prevailed over the Class 2A-No. 8 Patriots 78-74.

Fourteen 3-point baskets — six each by Isaiah McCormick and Garrett Hancock — went a long way toward EH (11-4) defeating a team it may face again in Sectional 41 at Hagerstown in two weeks.

McCormick ended with 24 points and Hancock 22, with the latter’s final triple putting the Royals ahead to stay.

“They hit a lot of big shots,” EH coach Aaron Spaulding said. “Every time we needed something, they would hit a big shot. Those kids are seniors and that’s what you expect your seniors to do, step up and make those types of plays in big games.”

The Royals got out of a nine-point hole from late in the first half and the teams exchanged the lead five times in the fourth quarter, the last being McCormick’s sixth three, with 24 seconds to go.

UC’s Kory Finch connected on a spinning runner around McCormick for the first of what would be two buzzer-beaters.

In the first OT, Hancock erased a 61-56 Patriot lead by making a pair of threes, and Derrik Noel split two free throws late to make it 63-61.

But Finch again saved the game for the Patriots (13-3) by hitting a shot with his foot on the 3-point line, with time about to run out. Finch ended with 32 points and, like Hancock and McCormick, six treys.

Threes by Hancock and Finch were the extent of the scoring in the second OT. It ended with the teams fighting for a loose ball near midcourt, with both squads claiming foul against the other. After an officials’ conference, it was ruled no infraction occurred before time expired, and there would be another four-minute period.

Hancock made a three off a screen with 2:17 to go, breaking a 68-all tie. With EH up 77-74 with eight seconds to go, a shot by Finch that would have knotted the score wouldn’t drop, and Tom Barton got the rebound, was fouled and hit 1-of-2 free throws to clinch it.

“It was a really gutsy win,” Spaulding said. “We kept chipping away and really came out strong the second half, and we made a lot of good plays. (UC) made some big plays and usually you can be deflated there, but our kids kept coming back and playing hard and making plays, and I’m just proud of them.”

Noel added 17 points and seven rebounds. Cooper Henderson had six assists, most of those feeding Hancock for threes.

The Royals were 14-for-35 from beyond the arc and shot 43.1 percent overall (25-of-58).

Saturday’s contest was a makeup of a January postponement. Because Friday’s EH girls sectional games were snowed out and the semifinals moved to Saturday morning and the final to 8 p.m., the boys were slotted to a 3 p.m. JV tip.

Notes: EH’s last multi-OT game was the 2007-08 opener, when it beat Centerville, also in three OT. … The Royals’ JV defeated UC 49-42. Austin Lacy scored 18 for EH. ... Edinburgh visits the Royals today in a Mid-Hoosier Conference clash.

 

BOYS VARSITY

Eastern Hancock 78, Union County 74, 3OT

UC — H. Miller 6-12 3-8 15, Norris 2-4 1-2 2, B. Fields 2-7 7-10 11, Himes 1-3 4-4 7, Finch 13-26 0-0 32, D. Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Sanford 2-3 0-0 4, M. Fields 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 26-56 15-24 74.

EH — Noel 7-16 3-5 17, Splater 1-1 0-1 2, McCormick 7-19 4-4 24, Hancock 7-12 2-3 22, Henderson 0-1 0-0 0, Fout 1-3 4-4 7, Barton 1-2 1-2 3, Davidson 1-4 0-2 3, Wallen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 25-58 14-21 78.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

UC (13-3) 18 13 13 12 7 3  8 — 74

EH (11-4) 12 13 17 14 7 3 12 — 78

Three-pt. field goals: UC 7-24 (Finch 6-15, Himes 1-4, B. Fields 0-3, D. Miller 0-1, H. Miller 0-1). EH 14-35 (McCormick 6-17, Hancock 6-10, Davidson 1-3, Fout 1-3, Barton 0-1, Henderson 0-1).

Rebounds: UC 42 (H. Miller 16, B. Fields 8, Norris 6, Finch 3, Himes 3, Sanford 3, Team 3), EH 32 (Noel 7, Barton 6, Fout 6, McCormick 4, Splater 4, Hancock 2, Davidson 1, Team 2). Assists: UC 11 (B. Fields 4, Himes 2, H. Miller 2, Finch 2, D. Miller 1), EH 14 (Henderson 6, McCormick 4, Noel 2, Davidson 1, Hancock 1). Steals: UC 3 (Finch 2, Himes 1), EH 7 (McCormick 2, Barton 1, Fout 1, Hancock 1, Noel 1, Splater 1). Blocks: EH 1 (Barton 1). Fouls: UC 18, EH 24. Fouled out: Splater. Turnovers: UC 13, EH 11.

JV

Eastern Hancock 49, Union County 42

EH — Lacy 18, Allen 12, Speas 11, Spegal 4, Wallace 4.

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