Hagerstown’s defense of its Tri-Eastern Conference title in boys basketball begins this Friday night.
The Tigers play host to Lincoln in the annual matchup between county and conference rivals. Hagerstown’s won last year’s meeting 62-58 in Cambridge City on the way to finishing 6-1 to claim the TEC crown outright.
Both the Tigers and Golden Eagles come into Friday’s matchup after victories. Hagerstown halted Cowan 77-38 on Saturday, while Lincoln stopped Anderson Prep Academy 73-56 on the same night.
“We have a lot of things we have to work on, a lot of things we have to clean up before we play Lincoln,” said Hagerstown coach Bobby Jones.
The Tigers are off to a 2-0 start after wins over Randolph Southern and Cowan last week.
Bryan Mathews led the Tigers in scoring both games, netting 20 against Randolph Southern and another 18 against Cowan.
Thorin Stage and Jared Andis have each finished in double figures both games, too. Hagerstown had 10 players score in each game.
“A lot of guys are contributing,” Jones said. “Those were two really good team wins.”
One more TEC game is scheduled for Friday night as Northeastern travels to Centerville as part of a girls-boys doubleheader.
Ohio teams on roll
Two area Ohio girls basketball teams kept their records intact over the weekend.
Eaton defeated Lakota East 53-47 to improve to 3-0. The Eagles travel Tuesday to Oakwood in SWBL Southwestern Division play.
“We’re excited about it,” Eaton coach Gary Peffly said of starting league play.
Tri-Village is also still unbeaten as the Patriots improved to 4-0 after Saturday’s 84-32 win at Bethel.
That victory moved the Patriots to 2-0 in the CCC.
“We know that if we have a chance to win the conference, we have to win basically every game,” said T-V coach Brad Gray. “Miami East is tough for everybody in the conference. Every game is important.”