Eastside splits with Rockdale County on the road
Boys rally from behind, 68-66; Lady Eagles collapse
CONYERS — On Friday, the Eastside High hoopsters split a pair of region games against host Rockdale County.
For the boys, the Eagles (8-12 overall, 3-10 Region 8-AAAA South) were able to come from as many as 15 down to pull out a late thriller, 68-66.
Meanwhile, the Lady Eagles (8-19, 1-12) lost, 38-34.
“This was one heck of a game,” said Eastside boys coach Michael Gerald. “I thought both teams knew coming in how important it was to get a win with the region tournament coming up. I knew the boys had it in them with the way they had been playing lately to come from behind and win the game.”
The Eagles trailed the entire game, yet it never took away their confidence. Both teams turned the ball over throughout the first half, and Eastside found itself looking at a 12point deficit heading into the locker rooms, trailing 38-26.
The third quarter was pretty much the same, though it looked as if the Bulldogs were starting to pull away. However, Gabe Mathis banked home a 3-pointer just as the buzzer sounded, giving the Eagles a little momentum going into the fourth, down 57-43.
Eastside took that momentum and ran with it, with almost everyone contributing clutch jumpers. Each time the Bulldogs looked as if they would make a run to close out the game, the Eagles would go on a run of their own.
With two minutes and 42 seconds to go, Artis Clanton sank a clutch deep ball that brought the Rockdale lead to 66-65. Cameron Robinson soon followed with a jumper to give the Eagles their first lead of the game.
In fact, Eastside outscored the Bulldogs 25-9 in the fourth quarter.
Clanton scored a gamehigh 26 points. Mathis added