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Eagles win W McKithen Holiday Tournament, Alcovy splits in Duluth

COVINGTON — The holiday season was good for the Eastside boys and Alcovy girls as the boys won their tournament and the girls honed their skills as they prepare for their region games.

Eastside’s boys basketball team won the W McKithen Holiday Tournament in convincing fashion by defeating Greene County 65-48on Saturday. The win pushed the Eagles to 10-2 at the halfway mark of the season.

Anthony Henderson led the Eagles with 20 points as he surpassed the 1,200-point plateau. Senior guard Treyvon Francis added 18 points and eight assists as he captured MVP honors for the tournament.

Eastside jumped out to a 16-8 advantage in the first quarter as Henderson and Francis had five points each followed by senior forward Daniel Oduah who had four points. Greene County outscored Eastside 18-14 in the second quarter but the Eagles went to halftime with a four point, 30-26, lead.

The second half was controlled by Henderson and Francis along with the revitalized inside play of Justin Adams as Eastside jumped out to a 51-37 lead. Henderson paced the Eagles in the third frame with seven points as Francis was a point behind with six.

Eastside wrapped up the contest with a 14-11 fourth quarter to seal the victory. Adams finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.

“Justin is starting to resemble the hard working player we saw this summer. If he keeps it up it will give us more balance on offense and make our interior defense better,” Eastside head coach Gregory Freeman said.

Freeman also lauded the play of guard Larry Saxton and wing forwards Jamal Hardge and Marquise Sims off the bench saying “We are still waiting for a couple of guys to find their consistency and round out our rotation.”

The Alcovy girls started the tournament in Duluth strong beating Brookwood 52-43 but they could not finish the same way as fatigue got the better of the Lady Tigers losing to Centennial.

“We were held down most of the Centennial game, we were really tired,” Alcovy head coach David Baker said. “It was close until the fourth quarter. We came out in the third quarter and we closed it to about five points but in the end we were too tired. (Tierra) Hodges is the most consistent on the team. She had 10 and was in double digit in rebounding.”

The Lady Eagles trailed against Brookwood but they quickly got themselves out of their deficit. Pacing the Lady Tigers in the win were Waneisha Morris with 13 points, Hodges with 12 and Daja Barnes with seven.

“We’re young but I think we’re ready to head into the region tournament,” Baker said. “I think we’re really clicking. We’re going to get Ayanna (Wimbush) back and she really changes the dynamics of our team.”