From staff reports
PORT CLINTON — Holding a two-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, Port Clinton was unable to put Eastwood away and fell, 56-52, to the Eagles.
The Redskins (5-10) held a 42-40 lead after three quarters, but Eastwood (7-5) outscored Port Clinton, 16-10, in the fourth. It was a combination of the Eagles playing well and the ‘Skins missing out on some opportunities making the difference in the game.
“I think they did a good job scoring the ball in the fourth quarter. We had trouble stopping them during stretches. It was back and forth,” said Port Clinton coach Ryan Hicks. “We missed a couple free throws and a couple open shots, and they took advantage of that.
“I thought our guys played hard. We had stretches where we definitely played well. We just weren’t consistent enough for four quarters to beat them. We had the same problem that we’ve had all year, which is figuring out how to win close games in the last two minutes.”
Eastwood led 16-14 after one quarter and 25-23 at halftime, but Port Clinton outscored the Eagles, 19-15, in the third quarter to take a 42-40 lead.
“I thought there were some positives to take away. I do think we’re improving, getting better. Never going to be pleased with a loss, we have to learn how to win those tight games,” said Hicks. “I think eight of our 10 losses have been by five points or less. We just haven’t been able to make enough shots in those last couple of minutes.”
Lake Boos led Eastwood with 13 points and Andrew Arnston had 12 points.
Adam Thorbahn led all scorers with 19 points and Tommy Owens chipped in with 11.
“Adam played well for us, he’s been having a nice stretch here. He had a tough matchup, so that made it difficult on him, but he still played very well and he’s one of, if not the best player on the court,” said Hicks. “We just have to find that second scorer to go with him on a consistent basis.”