While the Eastbrook Panthers continue to grow and improve, the wins have not come.
And after Saturday night, the Panthers were still left searching for their first victory, as the Cowan Blackhawks used a strong second quarter to come away with a 50-37 triumph.
Eastbrook played well in the first quarter, and after the first eight minutes the game was tied at 15-15.
But early in the second quarter, Bryce Schamber injured his tailbone and was forced to leave the game, and the Blackhawks took advantage, outscoring the Panthers 17-5 and taking a double-digit lead they would not relinquish.
“Once again, we had a quarter where we didn’t play real well,” Eastbrook Head Coach Greg Allison said. “Playing without Bryce hurt us, obviously, and you have to give Cowan credit. They’ve won five in a row now, so they are playing better.”
Eastbrook actually outscored Cowan by one point in the second half, but they were unable to recover from their second quarter deficit.
“We are still working. We are going to keep working,” Allison said. “We just haven’t been able to crack the win column yet.”
Alex Baker scored 11 points, while Deniro Trout finished with 10 points in the Panthers’ loss.
Eastbrook will be back in action this coming weekend, where they will face off against rival Oak Hill and Northfield in a pair of contests.
“I’m just excited to play two home games,” Trout said. “We’ve only played two home games the entire season. When you’re at home, you seem to play a little bit better and shoot the basketball a little bit better. We just have to have a solid week of practice.”