By Josh Brown
SPRINGFIELD — An up-and-down regular season came to an end Monday.
Now Troy Christian awaits its first postseason opponent.
The Troy Christian boys basketball team fell behind early and couldn’t recover Monday at Northeastern, falling 55-51 to drop its second straight and four of its last five. The Eagles finished the regular season 9-13 after dropping only three games each of the past three seasons.
The Eagles fell behind by three after the first quarter against the Jets, then Northeastern outscored them 17-11 in the second to take a nine-point halftime lead. Troy Christian closed the gap to four at 41-37 heading into the fourth, but the Jets were able to keep pace and hold on for there.
Five Eagles scored nine points apiece on the night. James Anderson had nine points and five rebounds, Jacob Brown, Luke Dillahunt and Chase Hayden each added nine points and Hayden Hartman chipped in another nine from the bench.
Troy Christian’s final stretch, losing four out of five, was preceded by a four-game winning streak — which came on the heels of an eight-game losing streak. Now the Eagles have the No. 8 seed and a first-round bye in the Division IV sectional tournament and will play Feb. 24 at Troy against the winner of Saturday’s No. 2 Southeastern and No. 11 Miami Valley matchup.
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