Eastside hoopsters swept by Salem in region play
Salem spoils Senior Night with two wins
COVINGTON — On Tuesday evening, the Eastside varsity basketball games were more than just a pair of con- tests for some players, particularly the upper classmen.
For the seniors, it would be their last home game played at Eastside High. As the assistant coaches called out their names, the seniors — escorted by their parents — walked across court to meet their respective coach.
Greeted with a rose and a handshake, they looked to leave Eastside with a banG.
However, it wasn’t meant to be, as both squads were swept by Salem in region action.
In the boys game, the Eagles (7-12 overall, 2-8 Region 8-AAAA South) could not hold on in overtime, falling 64-60.
Meanwhile, the Lady Seminoles (18-6, 10-3) barreled through Eastside (8-17, 1-10), 72-40.
“We haven’t had the greatest season this year, but a definite improvement from last year,” said Eastside fan Jason Digby. “It’s been a fun year and we have had a great and strong senior class.”
Prior to the boys game, Eastside coach Michael Gerald felt confident that his team would prevail.
“We want to get out to a good start defensively and dictate the pace of the game,” said Gerald before the game. “I really believe that our defense is what carries our offense.”
Sticking to the game plan, the Eagles forced Salem (814, 2-8) to turn the ball over five times en route to a quick 13-2 lead. Taking full advan-