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Alcovy boys, Newton girls win at Sweet South
Eastside girls collect third-place finish in Hooptacular

The Alcovy boys and Newton girls basketball teams collected opening round victories at the Sweet South Classic on Monday in Madison.

In other Sweet South action, the Rockdale boys fell to Riverdale, while the Alcovy lost to Decatur. No results were reported on the Rockdale-Riverdale girls game.

Meanwhile, the Eastside girls beat Forest Park in the Charger Hooptacular at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy.

In Monday's late games, the Eastside boys were playing in the championship game at Charger Hooptacular, while the Newton boys faced host North Gwinnett in the semifinals of the Powerade Festival.

BOYS

Alcovy 45, East Paulding 39

At Madison, the Tigers (7-2) notched their third straight win and moved into the semifinals of the Sweet South's Harris Bracket.

Senior guard Jordan Butts tossed in a team-high 17 points for Alcovy, while Jamieson Smith and Brad Williams finished with seven points apiece.

The Tigers will face Gadsden City, Ala., in the semifinals at 4 p.m. today.

"We played great defense. We gave up some easy baskets down the stretch trying to protect a 12- to 15-point lead," Alcovy coach Eugene Brown said. "But we're very patient on offense and did a great job defensively against them."

In other Sweet South action, Rockdale (9-4) lost to Riverdale in its opening game. The Bulldogs will face the Burke County-Hancock Central loser at 2:30 p.m. today.

GIRLS

Newton 69, Burke County 26

At Madison, the Lady Rams (4-5) advanced to the semifinals of the Sweet South's Cission Bracket with any easy victory over Burke County.

Freshmen Sade Weaver and Emili Russ led the way for Newton. Weaver had a team-high 14 points, while Russ chipped in 12.

The Lady Rams advance to play Southwest DeKalb in the semifinals at 4 p.m. today.

"We played great, we really hustled and we really got after them. We played team basketball," Newton coach Tiffani Johnson said. "Sometimes, teams have a tendency to play down to their opponent's level, but we didn't do that. Our next game is definitely going to be a challenge. We'll have to make the transition from a game like today to a big game. Southwest DeKalb is a lot like Stephenson, Redan and Douglass from our region. It's a matchup we need to see and it will help us in our region."

Newton has won four of its last six games.

Eastside 50, Forest Park 42

At McDonough, the Lady Eagles (6-5) topped Forest Park to finish third in the Charger Hooptacular.

Sophomore Jjade Cook had 15 points to pace Eastside in scoring. Raven Williams and Paige Alexander chipped in eight, while Ashley Crew finished with seven.

"I thought we played pretty well. It wasn't a very pretty game, but we did what we had to do to win," Eastside coach Jason Groom said. "I'm pleased with the win. I'm looking forward to getting back in the gym and practicing. We've been playing a lot of games over the break."

The Lady Eagles were 4-2 in their two tournaments on the Christmas break and have won five of their last seven games.

Eastside pays a visit to county rival Newton at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.