East­side gets re­venge

The Covington News - - SPORTS - XAVIER MCKNIGHT sports@cov­news.com

The East­side Ea­gles var­sity basketball team trav­eled to New­ton Satur­day and evened the sea­son se­ries with the Rams with a 58-49 road vic­tory.

An­thony Hen­der­son led East­side with 20 points, but East­side had to hold off a hot shoot­ing New­ton team in the third quar­ter.

“It’s a great team win, and I’m ready to keep up the mo­men­tum and keep on go­ing,” Ea­gles’ se­nior guard Treyvon Francis said.

It was a back- and- forth game from the open­ing tip, as New­ton got out to a quick 2- 0 lead on a layup by se­nior Keion Sims. New­ton held a 6- 3 ad­van­tage, but backto- back three point­ers from Francis and Hen­der­son gave the Ea­gles a 9- 6 lead. The Ea­gles held on their ad­van­tage af­ter the first pe­riod, tak­ing a 13- 10 lead­ing into the se­cond quar­ter.

The Rams scored the first points of the se­cond quar­ter on a 3- pointer from fresh­man Darvin Jones that tied the game at 13- 13. The Ea­gles gained the lead back on a layup by Larry Sax­ton, which also led to a freethrow by Sax­ton to give the Ea­gles a three- point lead.

The Ea­gles ex­tended their lead to 20- 13 af­ter con­sec- utive layups by Hen­der­son and for­ward Ja­mal Hardge.

New­ton went on an 8-0 run to re­gain the lead, but Francis nailed a jumper be­fore the break, giv­ing the Ea­gles a 22- 21 lead at half­time.

Both teams came into the third quar­ter trad­ing bas­kets. The first points came on a layup by Hen­der­son, but New­ton se­nior Jalen Glover tied the game up at

24- 24 af­ter a 3- pointer.

The Ea­gles went on a quick 4- 0 run af­ter backto- back bas­kets by Francis and for­ward Daniel Od­uah, but the Rams re­sponded with a 6- 0 run on back- to- back layups by ju­nior D. J. Hill and se­nior Tay­lor Hawkins. Hill also knocked down a pair of free throws dur­ing the Rams’ run.

The Ea­gles re­gained the lead on a 3- pointer by Hen­der­son, but the Rams re­sponded with a shot by Glover. The back- and- forth pat­tern con­tin­ued for the rest of the quar­ter, but a 3- pointer by Hen­der­son gave the Ea­gles a 39- 36 ad­van­tage head­ing into the fourth quar­ter.

The Ea­gles be­gan the fi­nal quar­ter with a 7- 0 run on a 3- pointer by Hen­der­son, and back- to­back layups by Hardge and ju­nior guard Mar­quise Sims, push­ing their lead to 10.

The Rams re­sponded by trim­ming the lead to seven on a 3- pointer by Jones, but the Ea­gles in­creased their lead back to 10 af­ter a layup and free throw make by Francis.

The Rams con­tin­ued to fight to get back into the game, but the Ea­gles pulled away late and came out with a 58-49 vic­tory.

“We al­ways play hard on de­fense,” East­side coach Gre­gory Free­man said. “Ev­ery time we step on the court we put in hard, hard work.”

The Rams shot 8-of-19 from the free- throw line and shot 35 per­cent for the game.

“We didn’t do a good enough job of keep­ing our dis­ci­pline and run­ning our of­fense,” Rams coach Rick Ras­mussen said.

“You have to give them credit. They made a lot of shots. I thought ( Hen­der­son’s) two shots from real deep were a real fac- tor in the mo­men­tum.”

Francis joined Hen­der­son in dou­ble fig­ures, as the two com­bined for 32 of the Ea­gles’ 58 points. Twelve of Hen­der­son’s 20 points came on 3- point­ers.

New­ton re­turns to ac­tion in re­gion play Fri­day at home against Love­joy, while the Ea­gles travel to Ch­es­ta­tee to take on the War Ea­gles.

An­thony Banks/The Covington News

East­side's Treyvon Francis drains a jumper over the Rams' de­fense, help­ing the Ea­gles to a 58-49 vic­tory. Francis scored 12 points in the win for the Ea­gles.

An­thony Banks/The Covington News

The loss to the Ea­gles drops New­ton to 12-4 over­all. The Ea­gles and Rams split their reg­u­lar sea­son se­ries af­ter New­ton de­feated East­side 52-49 in their first meet­ing this sea­son.

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