COVINGTON -- Eastside's boys basketball team had its chance to beat Rutland to start the holiday season but the Eagles sealed their fate losing a close 70-69 decision on Thursday.
Unfortunately, Eastside missed too many easy shots putting itself in a position where it had a 50-plus shot to win the game.
"We were our own worst enemy. We missed a lot of shots, we missed 12 free-throws, we were 14 of 26 from the line," Eastside head coach Greg Freeman said. "We battled but we let one get away from us. I venture to say that we missed 20-25 shots from the paint. Shooting like that you're not going to beat a team from the YMCA or anybody."
Even though the Eagles were unable to get the win, a couple of bright spots came from Quindarrius Russell and Jamal Hardge who scored half of Eastside's points. Russell had 25 points and eight rebounds with Hardge scoring 13 points and 15 boards for a double-double.
The Eagles will be on the court on Wednesday when they go up against Thompson at 11:30 a.m. in the Antebellum Holiday Tournament in Milledgeville.
In other games, the Newton girls had little trouble against Jenkins (Savannah) in a 61-48 win on Saturday.
Jenkins took the lead after winning the tipoff but the Lady Rams came back to take and keep the lead.
The Lady Rams had a big lead to start the third period before Jenkins began a comeback.
"They made a little run in the middle of the third quarter to cut our lead to may be 10," Newton head coach Tiffani Johnson said. "I called a time out and we got back into it."
Even though the Lady Rams won and never had to worry about being caught from behind, a close game might have had a different outcome as Newton was 12-for-26 from the free-throw line.
Newton jumped out to a 22-point lead before the Lady Warriors went on a small run but it was too little, too late.
Newton's Precious Price led the team in scoring with 14 points with Cynteria Langhorne following just one-point back.
"Tori Pharr and Mercedes Booker did a fine job on the board with steals and loose balls. She (Pharr) was a real hustler just doing a great job," Johnson said.