East­side splits with Rock­dale County on the road

Boys rally from be­hind, 68-66; Lady Ea­gles col­lapse

The Covington News - - Sports - By Ryan Zon­tek

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

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