Whether Eastern Hancock’s struggles in close games are a direct result of the team’s inability to stay healthy is a question up for debate.
Something that isn’t arguable, however, is the fact that the Royals are marred in their worst losing streak in recent memory.
Saturday’s 56-37 loss to Union County was the team’s eighth consecutive defeat.
In records dating back to the 1993-94 campaign, three other EH squads experienced eight-game losing skids, but each prevailed in their next contest.
This edition has simply had a hard time staying on the court.
The Royals (2-10) began the season without reigning county scoring leader Victor Vincz, as well as contributors Cooper Henderson and Shane McCormick.
All three missed multiple games to begin the season — McCormick missed five, Vincz sat out four and Henderson was inactive for three — before returning.
Around that time, Garrett Lee came down with the flu and missed the team’s game against Muncie Burris on Jan. 4.