Monday, January 6, 2014
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McDONOUGH — The Eastside boys basketball team put Henry County in a defensive deep freeze on Saturday with an impressive 58-43 win to bring their season record to 11-2.
Eastside got going early after a sluggish start to jump out to a 12- 6 first quarter lead behind senior guard Treyvon Francis’ five points. The second quarter was all Eastside again as Justin Adams and Larry Saxton both scored five points in the period won 14 - 6 by Eastside as the lead was extended to 26-12 at halftime.
The third quarter saw Eastside get whistled for 10 fouls in less than five minutes as Henry County started to creep back into the contest as Francis went to the bench with four fouls in the quarter after no fouls in the entire first half.
“Teams are starting to target Treyvon on the court,” Eastside head coach Gregory Freeman said. “The belief is that if he is not on the floor we cannot function on offense. (Saturday) night we proved something different with Anthony Henderson running the point and Daniel Oduah imposing his will on the inside. “
Henry County won the third quarter 20 - 15 but the Eagles came back in the fourth behind Oduah and the return of Francis. Oduah scored eight points in the quarter as he punctuated the game with a two-handed slam in the final seconds.
“We needed to play a game just like this. A hostile environment and a team that literally scratched, kicked and elbowed all night long and we still prevailed,” Freeman said. “I am very proud of the way the guys maintained their composure through bad calls and rough play.”