Eastside’s Anthony Henderson beat’s Newton’s Keion Sims to the basket during Saturday’s non-region game. (Staff photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith)
COVINGTON — Two 3-pointers by Eastside’s Anthony Henderson helped spark the Eagles 58-49 past Newton giving the Rams their first home loss while the Lady Rams led from the first basket as they cruised past the visiting team for a 28-point win on Saturday.
It was a battle for most of the boys game until Henderson, who led all scorers with 20 points, hit a 3-pointer to put the Eagles up 39-36 to end the third quarter. He gave Eastside a 42-36 lead to start the fourth with another 3-pointer before Marquise Sims and Jamal Hardge sank a couple of field goals for a 10-0 run and give them the biggest lead anyone held.
“He stepped up; he’s a senior and did what he’s suppose to do,” Eastside head coach Gregory Freeman said of Henderson. “We let one get away from us at our place and we were determined to win this ball game and we did.”
Even though Newton a few more shots than Eastside, the Eagles had a better percentage. Eastside was 22-for-50 from the field making 44 percent of their shots and made 7-of-12 from the line for 58 percent shooting. In comparison, the Rams made 38 percent of their field goals (18-for-52) and 42 percent of their free-throws going 8-for-19.
Also having a good night for the Eagles was Treyvon Francis 12 points while the Rams had four players in double-digit scoring.
Pacing the Rams on the scoreboard were Jalen Glover and Darvin Jones with 12 points each followed by Taylor Hawkins with 11 and Keion Sims with 10 points.
We’re the better team (Saturday) night, bottom line, Freeman said. “I’m proud of my guys.”
In the girls game, Newton’s Precious Price set the tone for the Lady Rams with a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter to give Newton a 14-7 lead.
“All we needed was a good bucket to get us started,” Newton head coach Tiffani Johnson. “When she’s on that give everybody energy. We did a good job of maintaining that energy she gave us.”
Sonia Forney gave the Lady Rams a boost in the second quarter scoring eight of her 12 points to give the home team a 16-point, 31-15, halftime lead.
The Lady Rams extended their lead to 49-23 to end the third with Johnson pulling her starters midway through the quarter.
Right now we’re in a funk,” Eastside head coach Matthew Jackson said. “There’s this wall we have to break through. This was a non-region game and the most important thing is winning our region. That’s our goal and that’s still in our sights.”