ST. LEON — The Lions made the trip to St. Leon Friday to take on the Trojans in EIAC action. A big third quarter saw the Trojans outscore the Lions 16-6 and take control of the contest in a 58-50 victory over the Lions.
Rushville drops to 5-5 overall and 2-2 in the EIAC. The Trojans improve to 4-6 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
The Lions took the lead after the first quarter behind four 3-pointers. Bryce Dye, Ricky Thompson, Alex Yurack and Mitch Laird all hit from beyond the arc. Cameron Cox led the Lions in the paint with five points in the opening quarter. East Central countered with the attack of McCory and Matt Schuman. The two Trojans combined for 11 points with McCory leading the way with seven.
Rushville inability to stop the dribble penetration was a struggle the entire game as East Central was able to use the dribble-drive with success.
The Trojans put six different players in the scoring column in the second quarter. Spencer hit from long range for East Central. Schuman, Hunter Kammer and Hoog all had four points for the Trojans as East Central outscored the Lions 18-15 in the quarter.
Rushville got five points from Thompson, including another 3-pointer. Cox continued his solid play in the paint with six second-quarter points. At the half, the Lions trailed the Trojans by one, 33-32.
East Central took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Lions 16-6. Gibbs and Hoog both hit from beyond the arc. Smith chipped in with four points. The Lions six points came two each from Dye, Kris Combs and Cox.
Combs and Alex Yurack led the Lions fighting back in the fourth quarter. Combs had seven of his 11 points in the fourth and Yurack added five. East Central was able to hold off the Lions to escape with the 58-50 win.
Cox led the Lions with 13 points. Combs finished with 11 and Yurack had 10. The Trojans were led by McCory with 13 and Schuman with 12.