Ea­gles han­dle Henry County

The Covington News - - SPORTS - MATT SMITH msmith@cov­news.com

The Eastside Ea­gles var­sity bas­ket­ball team picked up its 11th win of the sea­son Satur­day on the road, han­dling Henry County 58-43.

The vic­tory moves the Ea­gles to 11-2 this sea­son, and the Ea­gles have not lost in al­most a month since fall­ing to Newton on Dec. 13.

Se­nior Treyvon Fran­cis led the Ea­gles in the first quar­ter, scor­ing five points to help the Ea­gles to a 12-6 ad­van­tage.

The sec­ond quar­ter saw Eastside ex­tend its lead to 14, as Justin Adams and Larry Sax­ton scored five points each to push the Ea­gles’ ad­van­tage to 26-12 at half­time. Eastside outscored the Warhawks 14-6 in the frame, lim­it­ing Henry County to six points in each of the open­ing two quar­ters.

The Ea­gles suf­fered a set­back in the third quar­ter, how­ever, as Eastside was whis­tled for 10 fouls in less than five min­utes, send­ing Fran­cis to the bench with four fouls af­ter fin­ish­ing the first half with­out a foul called against him.

“Teams are start­ing to tar- get Treyvon on the court,” Eastside coach Gre­gory Free­man said. “The be­lief

Af­ter fall­ing to the Bull­dogs, Newton ral­lied to beat Luella in a true sec­ond con­test, top­ping the Li­ons to qual­ify for the state du­als.

Newton ral­lied to take a 39-0 lead to start the match, with Maolud, Forbes, Matthew Tor­res and A.J. Palomino reg­is­ter­ing pins in the Rams’ early run. Vic­tor Me­d­ina also picked up a vic­tory for Newton at 160 pounds be­fore the Li­ons for­feited three matchups.

Luella roared back, how­ever, win­ning four con­sec­u­tive matches, in­clud­ing three by for­feit, clos­ing the Rams’ lead to 39-24.

Newton closed with a pair of wins, in­clud­ing a pin from Michael An­der­son, to clinch the win and ad­vance.

“My kids worked very, very hard to get to where we are at this point,” Newton coach Ryan An­gel said. “They’ve re­ally taken our coach­ing to heart and they’ve worked hard to do the lit­tle things right.

One thing that we have preached to them is that if you do the lit­tle things right, suc­cess fol­lows and things take care of them­selves,” he said. “If you do what you’re sup­posed to do, suc­cess comes to you.”

Newton reached the cham­pi­onship bout with a 42-25 vic­tory over Druid Hills. The Rams won seven of their first eight matches against the Red Devils, with pins by Maolud, An­der­son, Kameron Wal­lace, John Forbes and Shai­dren Carter.

An­gel said that he wanted to see heart in his

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