Eastern Hancock hits road for MHC victory

GREENSBURG — On a challenging night for a number of reasons, Eastern Hancock’s boys basketball team was again up to the task Friday.

The Royals again hit the road under less than ideal conditions, this time more than an hour away to South Decatur, and came back with a 57-47 win.

A Derrik Noel double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds) spearheaded EH’s seventh consecutive victory, and sixth straight in an opponent’s gym.

The Royals (8-2, 4-1 Mid-Hoosier Conference) did so on an off night of sorts.  They shot just 38 percent from the field and made only 8-of-19 free throws.

“Obviously when you get a conference win on the road, we’re happy with it,” EH coach Aaron Spaulding said. “I thought a few times we could have buried them, but we let them back on the game. We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well (Friday).”

But aside from a few instances early on, the Royals led the Cougars (3-6, 0-2 MHC) throughout.

EH began to separate itself from SD near the end of a 20-point first quarter for the Royals, as Noel made 4-of-5 baskets and had 10 points in the period.

The Royals had the lead up to nine on two instances in the second quarter, but the Cougars held EH to just one bucket over the final five minutes of the first half. The Royals were ahead 28-25 at halftime.

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