Eastside gets revenge
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.
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.
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.