Eastside bas­ket­ball too much for In­di­ans

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

The Eastside Ea­gles boys var­sity bas­ket­ball team ex­tended its win streak to 10 Tues­day night on the road, han­dling Stephens County 67-50 in re­gion play.

An­thony Hen­der­son led the Ea­gles with 17 points, while for­ward Daniel Od­uah put to­gether a solid night in the post with 14 points.

Eastside led by just nine af­ter the first half, but held the In­di­ans to just 26 points in the sec­ond half.

“We have to con­tinue to re­main fo­cused,” Eastside coach Gre­gory Free­man said. “I re­ally wasn’t happy with how we played in the first half. We came out lethar­gic and we can’t do that. We had a long bus ride up there, but now isn’t the time to make ex­cuses.

“I feel like we played bet­ter in the sec­ond half,” he said. “We had 13 dif­fer­ent play­ers to score, so we got a lot of good, young play­ers some time out on the court.”

Eastside led 15-11 af­ter the open­ing quar­ter be­fore outscor­ing the In­di­ans 1813 in the sec­ond pe­riod.

The Ea­gles outscored Stephens County by four in each of the third and fourth quar­ters, us­ing a 16-12 ad­van­tage in the third and an 18-14 edge in the fourth for the 17-point win.

“A lot of guys had good games tonight,” Free­man said. “An­thony did what he does – he’s a scorer and that’s how he’s go­ing to ap­proach ev­ery game. Some of our younger guys like Isa­iah Miller, Josh Cam­mon and Jaridquez Smith got some good min­utes and they ex­e­cuted. Some­times you just have

to give the older guys a rest and see what you have with your younger guys. I think they played pretty well over­all.”

Eastside re­turns to ac­tion Fri­day night at home against John­son. John­son edged the Ea­gles last year for the re­gion cham­pi­onship.

“John­son beat us last year for the re­gion ti­tle, and we have been look­ing for­ward to this game all sea­son,” Free­man said. “It’s al­ways been our goal this sea­son to win a cham­pi­onship. We won our Christ­mas tour­na­ment, and now we’re turn­ing our eyes to the re­gion tour­na­ment and state tour­na­ment.

“This game is to so­lid­ify our spot in the re­gion standings,” he said. “Re­gard­less of what peo­ple be­lieve about our team, I be­lieve we work harder than many of the teams we go up against. It’s go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing game and a great at­mos­phere. They’ve played some qual­ity op­po­nents and it’s go­ing to be elec­tric.”

The Lady Ea­gles dropped their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game Tues­day night on the road, fall­ing 43-23 to Stephens County in re­gion play.

The loss dropped Eastside to 9-9 over­all with a 1-3 mark in Re­gion 8-AAAA.

Stephens County led 16-5 af­ter the first quar­ter, but Eastside lim­ited the Lady In­di­ans to just a point in the sec­ond quar­ter, trail­ing 17-10 at half­time.

The Lady In­di­ans got back on track in the third quar­ter, dou­bling up Eastside 18-9.

Stephens County closed the game with an 8-4 run in the fi­nal pe­riod of play for the 20-point vic­tory.

Eastside guard An­thony Hen­der­son led the Ea­gles with 17 points Tues­day night as Eastside de­feated Stephens County, 67-50.

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