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Eastside boys starts region play with 37-point win over Monroe Area

COVINGTON — Eastside’s Treyvon Francis and Anthony Henderson proved to be the perfect combination as they teamed up against Monroe Area to give the Eagles an 81-44 Region 8-AAAA win on Tuesday.

“He scored the first seven points and had 17 at the half and made it a point to give Anthony Henderson (ball),” Eastside head coach Gregory Freeman said of Francis. “You can’t appreciate who he is unless you come down here to see him. He totally controls the game from the tip to the end.”

Francis scored nine of his points in the first period while scoring the rest in the second quarter helping give the Eagles (7-2, 1-0) a 42-15 halftime lead.

The Eagles had little trouble against the Hurricanes (0-9, 0-1) as they led 23-6 after the first quarter.

Henderson found his spot beyond the arc hitting four 3-pointers as he finished the game with 19 points.

“Anthony is closing in on 1,300 career points,” Freeman said. “You don’t score that many points by accident. They guy is a premiere shooter and is starting to heat up. That’s going to make us even tougher. He was looking good in warm up and I saw that assassin look he can get from time to time.”

With a 36-point lead, 55-19, midway through the third quarter, Freeman give his starters a break letting the rest of the players on the court.

“We got good minutes out of Tommy Yates and good minutes out of Justin Adams,” Freeman said. “Watching film has allowed those guys to watch themselves over the last couple of games and to see things that weren’t good.”

Adams also finished the game in double-digits scoring 11 points for the Eagles.

“We played without Daniel Oduah, he was out with the flu, but Justin stepped up and played his best game of the year,” Freeman said.

The Hurricanes, paced by Al Reid’s 10 and Willie Taylor’s 11 points, tried to take advantage of Eastside’s bench players closing the gap to 69-42 with three minutes left in the game. But Eastside responded by going on a 12-2 run for the 37-point win.

“We’re confident and focused and you can tell by the way we played,” Freeman said. “We passed the ball better than we’ve every passed it and the result was we had 81 points. We still haven’t hit or stride, our peak, I know we can play better.”