By Travis Whitton
For The Herald Bulletin
MIDDLETOWN, Ind. —
Too many turnovers cost the Shenandoah boys basketball team as a furious comeback attempt fell just short Saturday, and Eastern Hancock captured a 56-49 road win.
In the first quarter, it looked like Eastern Hancock (3-11) was going to be the one to lose the turnover battle after committing six miscues, which led to the Raiders taking a narrow 13-11 lead.
The Royals committed just eight more the rest of the game while Shenandoah (6-7) threw the ball away 20 times and essentially forfeited its chance for a win.
Raiders coach Aaron Cain said the bevy of turnovers by his team was uncharacteristic.
“Tonight I really think all of the little things added up to the big thing,” he said. “The end result was the addition of all the little things. Everybody on the team had some ‘my bads’, had some things out of character that we don’t do, and those are the things we are working on diligently to try to eliminate.”
Shenandoah won the first- and fourth-quarter battle, but there was a 10-point swing in the middle quarters that the Raiders wish they could have back.
They were outscored 28-18 and committed 11 turnovers to the Royals’ four in the third and fourth periods.
The Raiders faced another rival in Knightstown on Friday night in a road loss, but Cain said he doesn’t worry about the psyche of his team after back-to-back losses.
“I really think these are a bunch of hard-nosed, tough-minded kids,” he said. “They’re going to be fine. We’re going to be fine. I don’t think Eastern’s record is indicative of their team. I think they played some really quality teams. They’re a good basketball team, and they got us tonight.”
Cain said his team can’t afford to hang its heads after the tough weekend. He said he’s encouraged because, despite the fact the Raiders dropped the two games, he is still seeing progress.
“We can’t afford to, we’ve got to move on,” said Cain of whether he worries about a letdown. “That’s what we’re trying to do is move on. Our kids are coming together. As long as the kids are making progress, even though we lost tonight, we did some nice things. We just had a stretch and too many times where we did some bad things, and we’ve just got to keep on working to try to eliminate those bad things.”
Some of the good things the Raiders did came after falling behind by 13 points with 2:07 left in the third quarter. They went on an 18-6 run to the 2:33 mark of the fourth quarter to get within one point.
The Royals finished the game on an 11-5 run to walk off of Shenandoah’s court with their third win of the year.
Terick Warner led Shenandoah with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Austin Cain was the only other double-figure scorer for the Raiders, with 11 points.
Eastern Hancock put three kids in double figures. Shane McCormick paced them with 15 points. Victor Vincz and Cody Wallace followed with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Wallace paced his team with 10 boards.