Taking one, dropping one against Rockdale County
14, while Robinson had 11 points. Quay Maddox chipped in with 10.
Rockdale’s Ryan Watts and Cardarryle Bethley each scored 12 points. Kevin Ware followed with 10.
“We had been playing extremely hard lately but we also needed to execute,” said Gerald. “Tonight we were able to execute in the fourth and that gave us a chance to win.”
In the girls game, the Lady Eagles also found themselves down early to Rockdale (7-15, 4-10). But they were able to manage a lead going into halftime, 13-12.
Eastside swelled its lead in the fourth, 26-20; however, the Lady Bulldogs were able to force multiple turnovers that led to many fast breaks, inevitably changing the game.
“We were missing two of our primary ball handlers tonight, and ultimately I think that cost us late in the game,” said Eastside girls coach Jason Grooms. “We played extremely hard tonight, but we had too many turnovers in key situations that took away our chance to win the game.”
Eventually, the Lady Eagles fell too far behind to pull out the win, even with a Jade Cook 3-pointer at the final buzzer.
Porshia Cleveland led Rockdale with a game-high 17 points. Giovanni Sims added 12. Cook finished with 16 points. “I’m still extremely proud of our girls and the effort they showed,” said Grooms. “They never quit playing hard.”
Big fish: Cameron Banks, an 11-year-old fifth grade student at West Newton Elementary, is pictured after winning first place in the Casting Kids Derby in August 2007. He also placed first in 2005. Banks will represent Newton County at the Georgia Wildlife Federation’s Fishing and Turkey Expo today in Perry.