CHARLOTTESVILLE — Eastern Hancock boys basketball coaches keep a statistic that’s not in the box score, that tracks the team’s overall effectiveness.
It’s called “hustle points,” and it reflects loose balls, offensive rebounds, deflections, charges players take and hustle plays.
EH coach Aaron Spaulding said the Royals got eight more “hustle points” than Southwestern Saturday night, and that played a huge part in their 57-46 victory in their home opener
Not only was this the Royals’ first success of the season in three tries, this was the school’s maiden win as a Mid-Hoosier Conference member. EH is 1-1 in the MHC.
The Royals were only six-deep, but they never trailed. They built an 18-point cushion and turned back a late rally by the Spartans (1-2, 0-1 MHC).
“Our two main goals were to win the hustle points; we haven’t done that this year, and to outrebound them,” Spaulding said. “We hadn’t outrebounded anybody yet and we’re not that big.”