EH nets elusive close win; G-C falls once again

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Exactly one month after a thrilling overtime clash in the semifinals of the Hancock County Tournament, Eastern Hancock and Greenfield-Central delivered another round of tense basketball Saturday evening in Charlottesville.

When it was all said and done, the Royals finally caught a break in a season full of heartache, while the Cougars were once again left searching for answers.

EH prevailed 47-45 a month after it fell 54-53 to G-C in overtime, just one of the many times Aaron Spaulding’s crew has ended up on the short end of close games.

The blue and white have now won two games in a row — its first win streak of the season — with both being decided by 10 points or less. The Royals dropped their first nine in such contests.

“I’ve been telling the kids to keep fighting and sooner or later one’s going to go our way, said Spaulding, now in his 14th season at EH. “So maybe tonight’s one of those times.”

Down 47-45 with 5.1 seconds remaining in regulation, the Cougars (2-12) had a chance to send the game into overtime but missed a wide-open layup.

The Royals (4-11) found themselves down 44-38 early in the fourth quarter, but rallied behind Shane McCormick and Victor Vincz.

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