Basketball teams prepare for region playoffs

COVINGTON -- Alcovy's basketball team ended its regular season in a good position while Eastside and Newton have to regroup as they prepare for the final week of play before they start their region playoffs.

Alcovy swept Union Grove, with the boys winning 64-43 and the girls winning 41-23. The Tigers ended the season with matching 22-3 records and going without a defeat in Region 3A-AAAA play (12-0) to head into the Region 3-AAAA tournament as the No. 1 seeds from their side.

Both Newton and Eastside failed to move up in their region bracket with losses in their last game.

Against Westlake, the Newton boys (17-6, 8-4 in Region 2-AAAAA) ran into a hot Lions team. The PrepCountry/GACA Class AAAAA No. 2-ranked Lions hit seven 3-pointers in the first half. That, added with Westlake making 77 percent of its field goals, allowed the Lions to take a 55-33 halftime lead.

Even though the Rams outscored Westlake 35-29 in the second half, the 22-point deficit they found themselves in to end the first half was too much as they lost 84-68.

Shane Henry and Stephen Croone played well in the loss, scoring 20 and 23 points, with Justin Thompson scoring 10. Henry also had a career-high 17 rebounds.

"Hopefully we will get another shot in region finals," said Newton head coach Rick Rasmussen. "They are not 16 points better than us.

The Lady Rams (17-6, 7-5) did not fare any better in the 74-57 loss. Contributing to the loss was Newton's 40 percent free-throw shooting, which was 14-for-35.

Newton plays its final home regular-season game tonight starting at 6 against East Coweta with Friday being the end of the regular season on the road against Luella.

In Eastside's Region 4-AAA game against Drew, the Lady Eagles (13-10, 10-4) were overmatched in the 29-point, 68-39, loss. Jazzmine Cook had almost half of Eastside's points as she led the Lady Eagles with 18 points.

In the boys game, it was apparent that Drew made the adjustments Eastside (11-12, 9-5) did not. The Titans outscored the Eagles 26-12 to take a 56-41 lead to end the third frame after holing a slim margin, 30-29, to start the second half. Both teams were on par in the fourth period scoring 22 points each.

Quindarious Russell paced the Eagles on the scoreboard with 14 points with Ben Miller scoring 9 followed by Chavios Williams and Michael Chapman with eight points each.