COVINGTON - The Eastside basketball teams found out that poor shooting and turnovers are harder to overcome than a difficult opponent, as visiting Loganville swept both games Tuesday.
The Eastside boys dropped their game 48-38, while the Lady Eagles trailed from start to finish and lost 71-30.
The Eastside boys (5-2) learned a very valuable lesson when they played Loganville (5-0): Play your game.
The Eagles played at a slower pace than the up-tempo they're used to, which resulted in their lowest offensive output since Nov. 21 of last year when they scored only 33 points against Chattahooche.
Eastside also also turned the ball over 18 times against the Red Devils.
"I wasn't angry about our play. I was disappointed that we never got the game in our tempo," Eastside boys coach Michael Gerald said. "Defensively, we never forced the turnovers that we've grown accustomed to forcing. The way we played our past five games, we may not have had that many turnovers. But the way we play, we're going to have turnovers. It's not the turnovers we have a problem with. It's when we have a scoring opportunity, we need to take care of it."
Artis Clanton was the only player in double figures for Eastside with 12 points.
The Eagles led in three of the quarters but the problem was they failed to maintain the lead.
Eastside's Brian DeVaughn put the first point on the scoreboard with a free throw, but Loganville quickly answered and took a four-point lead. Before the horn sounded to start the second period, JeCorey Maddox scored the final four points to tie the game at 10-10.
The Eagles held a four-point lead late into the second quarter before Loganville's Tyler Gunnett, who led all scorers with 14 points, made both free throws and then converted a three-point play to give the Red Devils a 19-18 lead.
Loganville took a 23-20 lead into the locker room.
The Red Devils outscored Eastside 7-6 in the third frame. The Red Devils extended their lead by scoring 18 points to Eastside's 12 in the fourth period for the win.
In the girls game, missed free throws and the inability to put the ball in the basket on routine shots led to Eastside's downfall. The Lady Eagles (1-3) made 23 percent of their shots from the line and missed several easy baskets.
"We couldn't shoot the basketball," Eastside girls coach Jason Grooms said. "We were 6 of 26 from the free-throw line, that's 20 points. I know we missed about 10 or 12 layups, that's another 20. When you keep on missing shots, it hurts your transition defense, and I thought Loganville really ran the court well. It's a combination of not shooting the basketball well and always being on the defensive end."
The Lady Eagles knew they were in for a long night after Loganville (5-1) went on a 14-1 run to take a 22-9 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Besides poor shooting, the Lady Eagles also had to contend with turnovers - they had 23 in the game.
"Turnovers are a problem," Grooms said. "I know we're going to have turnovers, but we've got to figure out a way to put the ball in the basket. That's just the bottom line."
Eastside freshmen Raven Williams and Ashley Crew led the Lady Eagles with seven points each. Crew also had eight rebounds.
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