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February 26, 2014

Comets' good start goes for naught

Wabash takes control with big third quarter.

GREENTOWN — For the second consecutive game, Eastern’s boys basketball team was unable to hold a halftime lead, this time falling 68-57 to visiting Wabash on Tuesday.

Eastern (3-15) led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter, and the Comets went on for a 29-26 lead at halftime. Wabash (8-10) went on a tear in the third quarter, outscoring Eastern 17-5 to lead 43-34.

“It’s a tale of two seasons here,” Eastern coach Mike Springer said. “We got off to a lot of poor starts earlier in the year, and now we are getting off to a good start in the last two games, leading at halftime, and gotten behind in the third quarter. The boys have given us a great effort. We try to continue what we are doing in the first half into the second half. We have to get guys coming off the bench ready to go, and [Tuesday] we didn’t have what our guys normally give us positive minutes.”

Eastern’s bench scored seven of its 57 points, while Wabash’s bench scored 35 of its 68 points.

“Give Wabash some credit, they really attacked the basket in the second half,” Springer added. “We had a hard time keeping them in front of us. They drove hard at us.”

Wabash used its size to its advantage in the second half, plugging the middle with three wide bodies in Grant Sailors, Cody King and Mike Jones. Sailors, who came off the bench, was instrumental in the post with 18 points. King added 15 and Jones had five.

Eastern started off with the twosome of Braden Evans and Tristan Moyers. They controlled the middle in the first half. Moyers scored 11 of his team-high 15 points in the first half, while Evans added 10 of his 11 points in the first half.

Braden Gibson, who was playing in his last game as a senior, also had 11 points, with eight of them coming late in the fourth quarter.

Jacob Kinder had 11 rebounds for the Comets.

Eastern hosts Mid-Indiana Conference leader Hamilton Heights tonight.

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