Clash of the Rivals Alcovy boys throttle Eastside 60-41, Lady Eagles earn split
Eastside and Alcovy looked like two teams heading in opposite directions Friday night.
The Tigers cruised to a 60-41 win, but the game wasn’t even that close.
Alcovy (6-2) outscored Eastside (25) in every quarter except the fourth, where the teams scored 15 apiece.
Things started well enough for the Eagles. After Alcovy opened the scoring with a bucket, Neal Latimore hit a 3-pointer to give the Eagles an early 3-2 lead.
Jordan Butts answered for the Tigers with a traditional 3-point play to give Alcovy the lead back at 5-3.
The two teams traded buckets before Alcovy ended the quarter on a 6-0 run. It would be the theme of the night.
Alcovy pushed its lead to 10 at 2212 in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Darius Miller’s thunderous dunk energized the Tigers who scored the next 11 points.
After back-to-back 3-pointers, Alcovy led by 21 points with 1:54 remaining in the half.
Eastside went on an 8-0 run to close the half and restore hope heading into the second half.
“We were trying to get our transition game going,” Alcovy coach Eugene Brown said. “We were playing good defense and it led to some easy baskets on the offensive end.”
Alcovy reassumed control of the game in the third quarter.
After struggling in recent games, the Tigers hit several tough shots including two drives by Butts.
“We’ve been due,” Brown said. “We’ve been shooting about 30 percent from the field. Three pointers - 2pointers, it’s been ugly. Our defense has been keeping us in games, but finally some shots fell down. Hopefully that’s a sign of things to come.”
Alcovy took a 47-28 lead into the fourth quarter.
Eastside, in particular Robinson heated up in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the Tigers did not relinquish command.
The final four minutes resembled a football game. Several hard fouls including a flagrant that sent Eastside’s Zach Johnston awkwardly to the floor threatened to mar the first 28 minutes.
“I don’t think there was any malice intent,” Brown said. “That’s how we teach them to play. Every possession we have to go hard whether it’s a
Darius Miller blocks Eastside's Cameron Robinson early in the first quarter of Alcovy's blowout victory Friday night. Miller finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and a pair of steals.
ATLANTA — Georgia Tech first-year coach Paul Johnson was given a new 7-year, $17.7 million contract on Thursday.
The school said Johnson, who led a team picked to finish near the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference to a 93 record and its first win in eight years over rival Georgia, will receive $2.3 million for 2009, plus incentives.
Johnson was voted ACC Coach of the Year. The Yellow Jackets are ranked No. 15 in the AP poll and will meet LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.
"The future of Georgia Tech football has never been brighter," athletic director Dan Radakovich said, "and we are thrilled that Paul Johnson will be leading our program for a long time."
Georgia Tech, a preseason pick to finish fourth in the Coastal Division, surged above expectations to go 3-1 against ranked teams. The Yellow Jackets beat Clemson, Miami and Florida State en route to a 9-3 record in the conference, tying Virginia Tech for the division title.
In their final game of the regular season, the Yellow Jackets beat Georgia for the first time since 2000.
Johnson won more games than any other first-year coach in Georgia Tech history and has the fourth-most wins by a first-year coach in ACC history.
"I look forward to continue being a part of the Georgia Tech family for years to come," he said.
Georgia Tech flourished under the spread offense that Johnson brought with him from Navy and Georgia Southern. He changed the terminology, dropping "tailbacks" and "fullbacks" for "Abacks" and "B-backs."
It certainly helped Jonathan Dwyer, who ended up being the ACC player of the year and was the league's top rusher. He averaged 110.7 yards on the ground each game and was the only player in the league to average 100 yards rushing.
The Yellow Jackets led the league in both total offense and rushing offense while finishing third nationally in the run game with an average of 282.3 yards.
Johnson, hired in December last year, now has a 116-42 record during six seasons as a coach at Georgia Tech, Navy and Georgia Southern.