Jared McDaniel led all scorers with 17 points and Garry Seay had 15 for Eaton Rapids, but it wasn’t enough in a disappointing 48-45 boys basketball loss to arch-rival Charlotte on Jan. 18.
It was a bitter pill for the Greyhounds (2-9 overall, 1-5 CAAC Gold), who trailed by one point but had possession in the final seconds, calling a time-out inside half-court with 7.4 seconds on the clock.
But a turnover off of the ensuing inbounds killed their chances and two Oriole free throws sealed their fate.
Eaton Rapids coach Luke Brown was at a loss after the game.
“Tough to put into words, I guess,” Brown said. “It’s always tough when you lose to your rival. It’s difficult, especially at home.”
The Greyhounds led early, going on a 15-2 run in the first quarter to take their biggest lead of the game, 17-8. Eaton Rapids did most of their damage in that run by driving to the basket and scoring with either layups or free throws, the lone exception being a long, banked-in 3-pointer by McDaniel.
But the tide turned quickly, as Charlotte went on a run of their own, scoring 17 of the next 19 points, and the game was close the rest of the way.
Brown said that his team went away from what had been successful.
“When they went on their run, they switched to a 1-3-1 zone,” he said. “We were very conservative and didn’t attack it at all. We relied on jump shots instead of trying to get the ball into the paint, and that was not a very good formula for us.”
Still, the Greyhounds held a 43-38 lead two minutes into the fourth quarter, but could not close it out. McDaniel scored Eaton Rapids’ final points on a layup with 4:37 on the clock.
“We had a few too many turnovers,” Brown said. “They did a good job of playing physical on our post guys and we didn’t convert at the free-throw line. That was a killer for us.”
After the game, Brown had a hard time coming up with anything positive his team could take from the game.
“Not right now. It was a rough one,” he said.
The Greyhounds will host Parma Western Tuesday, Jan. 29.