WALDRON — Eastern Hancock held the state’s fifth-ranked Class A team to its second-lowest point total of the season Friday, but it wasn’t enough for the Royals to snap what is now a five-game losing streak.
In the Royals’ first game against Waldron in at least 15 years, the host Mohawks built a substantial lead then held on for a 47-40 win.
Eastern Hancock (2-9, 1-3 Mid-Hoosier Conference), new to the MHC this season, gave the conference-leading Mohawks (11-0, 4-0 MHC) a late scare.
“Great second half effort,” EH coach Aaron Spaulding said. “We got down 34-16 early in the third, then came all the way back to within three. We had the ball a couple times down by three with under two minutes and couldn’t get it done, but we battled the entire way against a very good, undefeated Waldron team.”
The Royals outscored the Mohawks 24-17 in the second half.
Senior Cody Sullivan paced Waldron — which was averaging 61 points per game prior to the contest — with 19 points. The Mohawks had been held under 50 points only once this season. Presley Huffman added nine points for the home team, which is enjoying its best winning streak since the 2003-04 team went 27-0 and won the Class A state title.
Shane McCormick (11 points) and Isaiah McCormick (nine points) paced Eastern Hancock, as season leading scorer Victor Vincz had a rare rough shooting night and finished with two points.
Waldron won the junior varsity game 45-32. Dustin Davidson collected 12 points for the Royals.
The Mohawks and Indian Creek (8-3, 4-0 MHC) are tied at top of the conference and will meet Feb. 22 at Indian Creek in both teams’ regular season finale.
Eastern Hancock will visit common Sectional 41 opponent Union County (7-4) today. The Patriots beat the Royals 53-45 in the sectional championship last season.
EH will return to conference action next Friday at home against South Decatur (8-2, 0-2 MHC). The Cougars lost to Morristown (5-4, 2-2 MHC) Friday by a 72-49 score.
Waldron 47, Eastern Hancock 40
EH — S. McCormick 11, I. McCormick 8, Fout 6, Wallace 5, Noel 4, Lee 4, Vincz 2.
WA — Sullivan 19, Huffman 9, Peetz 6, Rosenfeld 6, Prather 5, Garner 2.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
EH (2-9, 1-3 MHC) 4 12 12 12 — 40
WA (11-0, 4-0 MHC) 16 14 8 9 — 47
Waldron 45, Eastern Hancock 32
EH — Davidson 12.
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