Eagles host first game of tourney
Boys open at home; girls travel to Stephens County

COVINGTON - The time has come when it's win or go home.

The Eastside boys basketball team tip off the first round of the Region 8-AAA tournament at home at 7 p.m. today against Oconee County, while the girls travel to Stephens County to play the Lady Indians at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The boys should be playing with confidence after sweeping the Warriors in regular season play.

Eastside beat Oconee County twice this year, 55-41 and 69-45.

Three all-region players will be a key asset for the Eagles.

Neal Latimore made the first team, while Cameron Robinson was on the second team. Zach Johnston received honorable mention.

The Eagles are entering the tournament as the No. 3 seed with Oconee County in the No. 6 spot.

The winner will advance to the next round of the tournament against the winner of the Franklin County/Stephens County game at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Oconee County.

Even though the Lady Eagles were swept by Stephens County in regular-season play, 60-51 and 51-34, the girls are not without hope.

The Lady Indians, who enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed, lost to No. 6 seed Morgan County in the next to the last game of the regular season.

Eastside beat Morgan County by scores of 56-44 and 47-42.

While the loser of the Eastside/Stephens County games has to wait until next season, the winner will take on the winner of the Hart County/Morgan County game at 4 p.m. Friday at Oconee County.

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.