Ri­val re­match!

East­side vis­its Al­covy tonight

The Covington News - - Sports - By Ja­son Mur­dock

One thing will be cer­tain af­ter tonight when East­side trav­els to neigh­bor­ing Al­covy: It should be one heck of a boys bas­ket­ball game.

En­ter­ing to­day, the Tigers (7-12 over­all, 4-6 Re­gion 8AAAA, Sub-re­gion B) are tied with Rock­dale County for third in the re­gion stand­ings (see in­set). Mean­while, the Ea­gles (7-10, 2-6) are tied for dead last along­side Salem.

But as with all good ri­val­ries, records are mean­ing­less.

“Well, I think we’ve got to be able to con­trol our com­po­sure,” says East­side coach Michael Ger­ald. “I guess you look at it kind of like go­ing into the New­ton game, but we have more at stake in play­ing (Al­covy) than play­ing New­ton.”

The Ea­gles were swept by New­ton ear­lier this sea­son.

On Jan. 15, Al­covy de­feated East­side, 62-44, un­able to con­tain Wor­rel Cla­har who poured in a game-high 28 points.

Like last year, the Tigers ap­pear to be play­ing their best at just the right time.

“Hope­fully, we’re peak­ing at the right time,” said Al­covy coach Eu­gene Brown on Tues­day af­ter beat­ing Salem, 45-40.

On Satur­day, the Tigers dom­i­nated New­ton, 50-35, hold­ing the Rams to their low­est scor­ing out­put of the sea­son.

GER­ALD

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

MVP: Wor­rel Cla­har (22) glides past Salem’s Zach Rod­den­berry on Tues­day at Al­covy High School.

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