Eastern Alamance’s men’s basketball team got back in the win column Monday night with a convincing 69-53 victory on the road at Cummings. The game was a makeup of a non-conference matchup that was supposed to be played in early December, but had to be postponed to to Eastern’s NCHSAA 3A state football playoff run. The matchup with the Cummings marked Eastern’s final regular season non-conference encounter.
EAHS got off to a hot start, combining to sink a total of seven 3-pointers in the first half. The first 3-ball of the night for the Eagles, coming off the hand of senior Caleb Hester, gave EAHS a 5-0 lead in the early going. Another 3-pointer by Lebron Reels made the score 14-6, and then Reels connected on another long bomb in the final minute of the first quarter, which gave Eastern a 17-9 advantage heading into the second period.
Darius Kane picked up where Reels left off in the second quarter, drilling Eastern’s fourth 3-pointer of the half for a 20-9 EAHS advantage. Another 3-pointer by Kane and a subsequent 2-point basket by the sophomore standout built Eastern’s lead over the Cavaliers to 27-10. The Eagles continued to forge ahead, with Elijah Burnette scoring a basket, and then Hester connecting on yet another 3-pointer, which stretched the lead out to 20 points - 32-12.
A basket by Evan Mann and yet another 3-pointer by Kane extended the EAHS edge to 37-14, and Reels finished off the first half with two more baskets, giving the Eagles a commanding 41-18 halftime cushion. Kane finished the first half with 15 points.
EAHS actually managed to extend the lead in the third quarter, with a basket by Kane making the score 55-26. A made basket by Decimus Lewis and back-to-back buckets by La’Lil Settle extended the Eastern advantage out to 31 points - 61-28 - going into the fourth quarter.
Cummings, getting embarrassed on its home court, put it together in the fourth quarter and made a game of it, but it was far too late to rally to victory. Although the Cavaliers outscored the Eagles 25-8 over the game’s final eight minutes, Eastern held on for the 16-point triumph.
Every single EAHS player scored in the victory, led by Kane’s 17 points, and Reels’ 10 points. Reels led the Eagles with six rebounds against the Cavaliers, while Kane added five. Kasen McCawley contributed four assists in the triumph, which improved Eastern’s overall mark to 10-12 heading into a Senior Night encounter Tuesday against Western Alamance.