PEMBERVILLE — Eastwood scored just one point across the final half of the first quarter and trailed two-win Woodmore through one frame on Friday.
Woodmore ended the quarter on an 8-1 run before the Eagles scored 41 points over the next two quarters to claim a 59-44 Northern Buckeye Conference win.
Eastwood stretched a five-point halftime lead by pumping in 24 third-quarter points with all five starters finishing with at least eight points.
“We have two things going for us right now. We defend and we’re quick at all five positions,” Eastwood head coach Todd Henline said. “And that bothers teams.”
Eastwood improved to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the NBC. Woodmore dropped to 2-6, 0-4.
Woodmore cut the score to 50-40 with three minutes to play, but Eastwood responded with a 9-0 run including points from three different players.
Jacob Meyer, who scored a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double with three blocks, ignited the run with a layup. Isaac Badenhop followed with his third 3-pointer of the game, this one on a Noah Henline pass to the left corner, and Meyer scored again by getting behind the defense on an inbounds pass and outrunning Woodmore for another layup.
Jacob Halko, who led all scorers with 15 points, capped the run with a pair of free throws.
“We had different guys get hot in different parts of that game … and I like how we share the basketball, too.”
Meyer was rolling in the first half, scoring a game-best 10 points in the half and adding eight rebounds. The 6-foot-3 sophomore scored twice in the opening quarter, converting a turnover into a transition layup before sinking a putback for an 8-3 lead.
Meyer scored twice more on putbacks in the first half, securing a rebound and going back up for a layup to re-claim a 19-18 lead with 3:49 left in the first half. And after a Henline triple, Meyer scored another bucket following an offensive rebound for a 24-20 lead.
Badenhop and Christian Peters each had 11 points and Henline scored eight.
Paul Koenig, who had a game-high 11 points in the first half, finished with 13 points to lead Woodmore.
The Wildcats, who had just two wins entering Friday, have been more competitive than their 2-5 record suggested. Four of Woodmore’s five losses were by six points or less, including a three-point loss in overtime.
“They’ve been in every game. … So we knew coming in that he (Aaron Clouse) does a nice job with them there. They play hard, they’re scrappy and in the first half — I talked to our guys at halftime and said ‘I think we got a little bit out-scrapped the first half,” Henline said. “Then the third quarter I thought we came out and asserted ourselves.
“In this league I think there’s a lot of parity and you’re going to have to come to play every night. And sometimes that’s hard to do at this age.”
Henline sparked the strong third quarter by opening the second half with a nothing-but-net right-wing 3-pointer. The shot jumpstarted an 11-2 run, with Badenhop hitting back-to-back triples from the left wing and Peters burying a floater.
Koenig 1-2-5—13, Betancourt 2-2-0—10, Allen 1-1-1—6, McNair 1-1-1—6, Burroughs 0-1-0—3, A. Miller 0-0-2—2, Melter 0-0-2—2, Sandrock 0-0-1—1, B. Miller 0-0-1—1. TOTALS: 5 7 13-18 — 44.
Halko 3-2-3—15, Meyer 7-0-0—14, Chr. Peters 4-1-0—11, Badenhop 0-3-2—11, Henline 1-2-0—8. TOTALS: 15 8 5-7 — 59.