Tour­ney roundup

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Eastside, Newton bas­ket­ball teams have suc­cess­ful hol­i­day breaks, tour­na­ments.

Bas­ket­ball teams through­out Newton County were busy com­pet­ing for cham­pi­onships dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

The Eastside Ea­gles brought home the hard­ware at the W McKithen Hol­i­day Tour­na­ment, de­feat­ing Cross Creek 68-53 on Dec. 27 be­fore throt­tling Greene County 65-48 on Dec. 28.

Eastside guard An­thony Hen­der­son led the Ea­gles with 20 points against Greene County, break­ing the 1,200 point mark for his ca­reer, while Treyvon Fran­cis fin­ished with 18 points and eight as­sists against Cross Creek, gar­ner­ing tour­na­ment MVP hon­ors.

The Ea­gles dou­bled up the Tigers in the ti­tle game in the first quar­ter, open­ing up a 16-8 ad­van­tage be­fore hold­ing off a sec­ond-quar­ter Greene County rally. The Tigers’ sec­ond-quar­ter come­back cut Eastside's lead to 30-26 at the half.

In the sec­ond half, Eastside outscored Greene County 21-11 in the third quar­ter be­fore outscor­ing the Tigers by three in the fourth quar­ter for the 17-point vic­tory.

The Ea­gles re­turn to ac­tion this weekend when they travel to Henry County on Satur­day.

Lady Ea­gles fin­ish sec­ond

The Eastside girls var­sity bas­ket­ball team fin­ished sec­ond over­all at the W McKithen Tour­na­ment, best­ing Thom­son 52-38 be­fore fall­ing to Put­nam County 51-50.

The Lady Ea­gles led by as many as five against Put­nam County, but had to rally late to cut the Lady Ea­gles’ lead to one late in the con­test.

Down by four with 11 sec­onds to go, Eastside coach Matthew Jack­son called a time­out to set up a shot. The Lady Ea­gles an­swered with a 3-pointer from De­shantra Kelly af­ter the time­out, but Eastside’s come­back bid fell short as the Lady Ea­gles ran out of time.

“We didn't have one of our best shoot­ing games, but we played good de­fense and hung in there,” Jack­son said. “Over­all, I'm proud of all of the girls and the ef­fort they put forth in the tour­na­ment.”

Against Thom­son in the open­ing round of the tour­na­ment, the Lady Ea­gles ran out to a 23-7 first-quar­ter lead. Eastside gave up 24 com­bined points in the sec­ond and third quar­ters, but outscored Thom­son 10-7 in the fourth.

Jy­mara Smith was named tour­na­ment MVP for the Lady Ea­gles.

Rams place third

The Newton Rams var­sity bas­ket­ball team wrapped up its hol­i­day sched­ule with a con­so­la­tion game vic­tory over Wal­nut Grove Mon­day, de­feat­ing the War­riors 73-64.

The Rams reached the con­so­la­tion fi­nal af­ter fall­ing in the semi­fi­nals to Athens Chris­tian 56-53.

Jalen Glover led the Rams with 23 points, in­clud­ing three 3-point­ers, while grab­bing all-tour­na­ment hon­ors.

Newton led by four at half­time, car­ry­ing a 30-26 lead into the break, but while the Rams were un­able to slow the War­riors' of­fen­sive out­put, Newton con­nected on seven 3-point­ers to match Wal­nut Grove's of­fen­sive charge.

Darvin Jones also fin­ished with 14 points, as Newton scored its high­est point to­tal of the sea­son in the win.

Newton opened the tour­na­ment with a 62-33 vic­tory over Mon­roe Area.

Glover fin­ished with a ca­reer-high 27 points against the Pur­ple Hur­ri­canes, while D.J. Hill added 12 points and seven as­sists.

Against Athens Chris­tian, the Rams trailed by dou­ble fig­ures in the fourth quar­ter, but cut the Ea­gles’ 11-point lead to three with sec­onds to go.

Glover's game-ty­ing 3-pointer missed its mark in the fi­nal sec­onds, break­ing the Rams' fiveg­ame win streak.

Newton re­turns to ac­tion tonight on the road at Luella at 5 p.m. in re­gion ac­tion.

Lady Tigers win two

The Al­covy girls var­sity bas­ket­ball team picked up a pair of wins over the hol­i­day sea­son, de­feat­ing West­side 39-34 and Brook­wood 52-43.

The Lady Tigers fell to Cen­ten­nial 64-40 in the sec­ond round of the Jin­gle Jam Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment.

An­thony Banks/The Cov­ing­ton News

The Eastside Ea­gles cap­tured the W McKithen Hol­i­day Tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship with a 65-48 vic­tory over Greene County last weekend. The Ea­gles de­feated Cross Creek 68-53 in their open­ing round con­test.

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