Eaton’s boys basketball team got a first hand look at one of the top players in the country on Friday night, Dec. 20, as did Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Kentucky coach John Calipari.
The Eagles couldn’t contain Franklin’s Luke Kennard, as Krzyzewski and Calipari sat court side.
Kennard, who is being courted by many of the top Division I teams in the nation, scored 41 points to lead the Wildcats to an 89-51 win over Eaton.
Eaton was led by senior Austin Moormeier with 16 points, including making four 3-pointers, and junior Zavier Spears, who added 10. Matt Sullender chipped in with seven, while Trey Smith tossed in six.
Eaton couldn’t keep pace as the Wildcats built a 26-13 lead after the first quarter and held a 42-25 lead by the break.
In the second half, mainly the third quarter, Eaton struggled to put the ball into the basket as they scored just seven points and saw the 17-point deficit grow to 34 (66-32). The Eagles managed to score 19 in the final quarter.
The Eagles fell to 0-7 overall and 0-3 in the Southwestern Buckeye League’s Southwestern Division with the loss.
Eaton will host its own Holiday Tournament this week. Stivers will take on Milford in the first game on Friday, Dec. 27 at 6 p.m, while the host Eagles will play Hamilton Ross at 7:30 p.m. The consolation game is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m., with the championship game slated for 7:30 p.m.
Junior varsity games will be played at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both days. Eaton’s junior varsity team is scheduled to play the first game.
In addition the junior varsity and varsity, Eaton’s freshman will play at 4:30 p.m. in the middle school gym on Friday.