Clash of the Ri­vals Al­covy boys throt­tle East­side 60-41, Lady Ea­gles earn split

The Covington News - - Sports - By Josh Briggs

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

Hard-fought victory:

An­thony Banks/The Cov­ing­ton News

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.

—As­so­ci­ated Press

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