Eagles soar past Fostoria

FOSTORIA — Eastwood exploded for 44 points in the second half, including a 26-point fourth quarter, to
defeat Fostoria, 68-54, in a Northern Buckeye Conference boys game Friday night.
“I liked our chances coming into this game,” Eastwood head coach Todd Henline said. “More importantly we
were two games back (in the NBC race) and we had to control our own destiny. I don’t care who we are
playing, let’s come ready to play.
“We were timid the first half. Then in the second half we were a lot more aggressive. We made them play
defense and we really took the ball to the basket in the third quarter,” he continued. “That opened up
things on the outside and (Isaac) Badenhop took advantage of that.”
The Eagles improve to 11-2 overall and 6-2 in the NBC. Fostoria is now 9-4, 6-2. The Redmen downed the
Eagles, 69-48 in the first meeting.
“We were up early on them in the first game and let them come back,” Badenhop said. “Our job now is to
put it on the pedal and don’t give up. We just knew we had to keep going, keep pressing.”
Badenhop, a 6-foot junior, was the difference-maker in the fourth quarter. Badenhop, who finished with a
game-high 24 points, nailed four 3-pointers, a two-pointer and two free throws for 16 of the Eagles 26
points in the final eight minutes.
“My teammates made some plays for me and I hit some shots, Without my teammates making their drives that
would not have happened,” Badenhop said. “I just didn’t over think it; I just trusted the release.”
Fostoria was within 55-51 with 3:10 remaining in the game, but the Eagles finished on a 13-3 run to
secure the win. Badenhop scored seven points in the late run while Jacob Halko added six points.
In a highly contested first quarter, Fostoria’s Dominique Settles drained a 3-pointer to give the Redmen
a 17-15 lead after eight minutes.
Fostoria increased its lead to 31-24 at the half as Avondre Reed scored six points, including four free
throws in the second quarter.
Eastwood’s Jacob Meyer scored six points in each of the first two quarters.
“In the first half we weren’t real sharp,” Henline said. “We were sloppy with the ball. It was almost
like we were playing scared for some reason.
“We just told them to settle down and attack the basket and in the third quarter we did that,” Henline
continued. “We got some easy buckets in the third quarter that cut the lead.
“Then once we got the lead, we really put our foot down.”
The Eagles exploded for 18 points in the third quarter with Christian Peters scoring eight points and
Meyer adding six.
“Peters just had some nice drives to the bucket,” Henline said.
The Redmen got a 3-pointer from Reed late in the quarter and the game was tied at 42 going into the
fourth quarter.
Badenhop then took over in the with a solid stroke on his 3-pointers. He finished the game with six
Meyer contributed 20 points and nine rebounds. Meyer helped carry the load in the first three quarters,
scoring 18 points. Peters scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half.
“I felt coming into this game that we had been playing well. Our defense has been solid,” Henline said.
“I feel our guys are getting better at different situations by recognizing what we have to do in those
The Redmen were short-handed and used just six players in the game.
Reed finished with 15 points, Dominique Settles scored 14 points and Devin Mauricio added 10 for
Eastwood 15~9~18~26~68
Fostoria 17~14~11~12~54
Henline, 1-0—2; Halko, 3-2—8; Ch. Peters, 3-1-3—12; Badenhop, 2-6-2—24; Meyer, 10-0—20; Cl. Peters,
0-0—0; Coffield, 1-0—2; Rayford, 0-0—0; Buchman, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 20-7-6—68
Settles, 4-2-0—14; Mauricio, Carter-Stokes, 12-2-0—10; Reed, 4-1-4—15; Carter-Stokes, 1-0—2; Banks,
3-0—6; Williams, 2-3—7. TOTALS: 16-5-7—54.