Denny Shepherd has seen it before.
His team competes until the fourth quarter then has trouble finishing off the game with a win.
That scenario played out twice last weekend as the Eagles dropped a pair of Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division games at home.
On Friday, Eaton fell 72-52 to Valley View after entering the final quarter trailing by just two points.
On Saturday, the Eagles were down just five to Oakwood late in the fourth only to fall 49-33.
“I was pleased with them tonight,” Shepherd said after Saturday’s game. “They competed a lot more than what I felt they did Friday night. We continue to ride this roller coaster where we look really good for four or five minutes then we go two or three minutes where we can’t score and we have mental lapses on defense. At crucial times we don’t do the things we need to do to win. Eventually, hopefully, we will put it all together. We’re still learning.”
Matt Sullender led the Eagles with 17 points and six rebounds against Valley View, while Erik Hoke added 13 and Andrew Gevedon tallied 11. Seth Reynolds scored four, while grabbing seven rebounds. Zavier Spears pulled down seven rebounds and scored five points.
Against Oakwood, Gevedon knocked down five 3-pointers to lead the way with 15 points. Sullender scored seven. Garrett Eiler pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
Shepherd said he believes his team is “shaken” and must believe in each other.
“They have to believe in one another. At times I feel we are. At times we’re not. We’re not winning and that affects how much you believe in one another. They’re shaken a little bit,” he said. “We were in it again until the fourth quarter. We were last night. Just need to learn to finish it.”
The Eagles (1-10, 0-5 SWBL) is scheduled to travel to Brookville on Friday before hosting Greenville on Saturday.