Ea­gles fall on last-sec­ond shot

The Covington News - - Sports - Ty­lan Merk­er­son sports@cov­news.com

Boys-Sandy Creek 44 East­side 42

East­side’s boys’ bas­ket­ball team stum­bled with two sec­onds left on the clock Tues­day and Sandy Creek de­feated the Ea­gles 44-42 with a buzzer-beater to end the game.

The Ea­gles trailed by two points through­out most of the game. How­ever, the ver­sa­tile of­fen­sive at­tack by the Pa­tri­ots proved to be their strength and the for­mula for their suc­cess. For­ward Bran­don Byrd­song scored six points for the Pa­tri­ots, but it was his fi­nal two points that won the game.

Tyler Fields, Car­ring­ton Raven and Nick Ri­d­ley led the Pa­tri­ots in scor­ing with eight points each. Damien Brown added seven.

“We have been in their shoes be­fore,” East­side coach Michael Ger­ald said. “We now un­der­stand what it feels like to ex­pe­ri­ence joy for be­ing on the win­ning end and frus­trated when you are on the los­ing end. Tonight was a great learn­ing les­son for our team and we will grow as a team from this.”

The Ea­gles be­gan the first quar­ter with the help of sev­eral play­ers’ abil­ity to get to the free throw line. Yet the Pa­tri­ots led go­ing into the sec­ond quar­ter 13-7 and the Ea­gles didn't shoot the ball well.

“We re­ally strug­gled of­fen­sively tonight early in the game,” Ger­ald said.

How­ever, as the sec­ond

quar­ter pro­gressed, Dono­van Bar­rett knocked down a piv­otal 3-pointer for the Ea­gles to shift the mo­men­tum in their fa­vor. Jer­maine Romeo cap­i­tal­ized on the mo­men­tum for the Ea­gles with a steal and a quick score. Ben Miller dished a beau­ti­ful pass to Romeo who scored to send East­side into half­time down 21-19.

The Pa­tri­ots came out of the half in a full­court trap. The Ea­gles turned the ball over in the third quar­ter and the Pa­triot's Car­ring­ton Raven scored seven unan­swered points off of East­side turnovers.

Devin Ger­ald hit a 3-pointer late in the third quar­ter to ig­nite an East­side come­back. Jonathan Benton scored two more points to fin­ish out the third quar­ter and give the Ea­gles their first lead of the game at 36-34.

Bar­rett in­spired the Ea- gles’ de­fen­sive in­ten­sity in the fourth quar­ter by tak­ing a de­fen­sive charge. Ger­ald knocked down a three on the very next pos­ses­sion to keep East­side in the game. Bar­rett added his own three to tie the game at 42-42 with 1:15 left of the game clock.

The Pa­tri­ots held the ball af­ter a turnover to run the clock down and set up their last shot. The clock read five sec­onds and Byrd­song drove the ball to the bas­ket for the Pa­tri­ots be­fore putting up a shot with two sec­onds left on the game clock.

Devin Ger­ald scored 10 points while Bar­rett chipped in with nine.

“We did a lot of good things tonight and we have to work on some things as well but we will pre­pare and get bet­ter for our next op­po­nent,’’ Ger­ald said.

sub­mit­ted photo

Slide by: Chris Bon­ner drives to the rim dur­ing East­side's loss to Sandy Creek Tues­day.

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