third quarter to put the Eagles on top 42-37.
In the final quarter of play, the two teams exchanged basket after basket. It wasn’t until the final minute that a team was able to take control.
With the game knotted at 55 and only 20 seconds left, Cameron Robinson found himself at the charity stripe with a chance to put the Eagles on top.
After missing both free throws, McIntosh’s Jeremy Lampkin was fouled by Ivey. Hitting one of his two freebies, Lampkin put the Chiefs on top by one with only 4.7 seconds left on the clock.
Robinson’s desperation 3point shot at the buzzer fell short as did the Eagles 56-55.
“It was a tough loss for us,” Eastside coach Michael Gerald said. “The boys came out playing hard. We put kids out there we knew would fight and we hoped for the best. We had scoring opportunities; we just failed to convert.”
Eisele said, “They [The Eagles] are really good. They are fast and play well together. When they get their football players meshing with the rest of the team, they will be hard to stop.”
In girls’ action, the Lady Eagles fell to the Lady Chiefs 5327. Eastside was unable to keep McIntosh’s Morgan McCrory from scoring as the young point guard bucketed a game high 17 points on the Eagles.
The Lady Eagles at times had plays that showed a huge progression from last year, but the same old lack of ball control would be the Achilles’ heel of the team.
Committing 25 turnovers, the Lady Eagles beat themselves.
“We have to execute better,” Eastside coach Jason Grooms said. “We have to go back to work on Monday and start working hard. Region play begins on Tuesday.”
After being down 29-14 at the halftime, things only got worse for the Lady Eagles. Highlighting the game with a third quar- ter 9-0 run, the Lady Eagles, led by Raven Williams and her game high nine points, forced the chiefs into five consecutive turnovers.
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough as the Lady Eagles were outscored 24-13 in the second half.
Eventually losing 53-27, the Lady Eagles look to get back to the basics as they prepare to take on Hart County Tuesday at home.