East­side hoopsters swept by Salem in re­gion play

Salem spoils Se­nior Night with two wins

The Covington News - - Sports - By Brian Harper

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-


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