Royals split weekend with win at Tri
The Eastern Hancock boys basketball team dropped a tough game at Morristown on Friday, but the Royals rebounded quickly with a 72-61 victory at Tri on Saturday night.
The Royals improved their season record to 10-8 after the weekend split and won their fourth in their last five games.
At Morristown on Friday, the Royals fell 81-59 as their three-game winning streak came to an end.
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The Royals put together a three-game streak to counter their three-game losing streak prior and made sure their latest trend didn’t continue on Saturday night.
Eastern Hancock led Tri 19-18 after the first quarter and went up 35-32 at halftime. A 17-point third quarter padded the Royals’ lead entering the fourth quarter with Eastern Hancock outscoring their opponent 37-29 in the second half.
Tri had a pair of double-digit scorers in Kyle Falck with 19 points and Andrew Cornelius with 14. However, the Royals had three in double figures with nearly a fourth.
Cole Rainbolt posted a game-high 21 points on 7 of 12 shooting, while Landon O’Neal followed with 20 points. Brady Smith had 11 points, converting 4 of 5 field goal attempts. Jacob Spaulding added nine points off the bench.
Rainbolt let it rain from deep, burying 7 of 11 3-pointers as Eastern Hancock shot 16 of 34 from beyond the arc. O’Neal had a trio of treys and went 7 of 8 from the free-throw line.
Smith, who had a pair of 3-pointers, grabbed seven rebounds with five assists. Cyrus Burton hauled in a team-best eight rebounds with two assists. O’Neal dished out four assists in the win.
Jacob Spaulding and Rainbolt both had a team-high 15 points against Morristown. O’Neal chipped in seven points, while Cameron Wise and Silas Spaulding each finished with six points. Smith had five points.
Rainbolt, once again, did most of his damage from deep, shooting 5 of 9 from 3-point range. The Royals were 14 of 33 from outside with Wise, Jacob Spaulding and Silas Spaulding each hitting two 3-pointers.
The Royals’ defense netted seven steals with three going to Rainbolt. Jacob Spaulding, Rainbolt and Burton each had three assists. Jacob Spaulding had four rebounds.
The Royals (4-3 MEC) return to action tonight at Blue River for a Mid-Eastern Conference matchup at 7:30 p.m.
Marauders fall to Bears on court
The Mt. Vernon Marauders dropped to 8-10 on the season after losing at Lawrence Central 83-48 on Saturday night.
The Marauders were coming off a 46-45 victory at home against Mooresville last Tuesday. The win gave Mt. Vernon victories in three of its last four and four of its last six.
Mt. Vernon (1-4 HHC) will look to play spoiler on Friday night when they host rival New Palestine (9-10, 5-1 HHC) in a key Hoosier Heritage Conference game at 7:30 p.m.
A win by the visiting Dragons will secure the program an outright HHC title. The Dragons have already clinched a share of the championship. The title is the program’s first since 2013.