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Eastside at Madison County
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DANIELSVILLE - On Friday, the Eastside boys and girls basketball teams split a pair against host Madison County in region action.

For the boys, it was an instant classic as the game took two overtimes to reveal a winner - Eastside, 60-59.

Meanwhile, the Lady Eagles fell hard, 65-28.

"We feel very fortunate to come out of here with a win," said Eastside boys head coach Michael Gerald. "Madison County will surprise a lot of teams this year; they played hard the entire game. We put ourselves in a tough position going into overtime in a hostile environment, but our guys played hard and were able to make enough plays down the stretch to give us the win."

Eastside (5-1 overall, 1-0 Region 8-AAAA, Sub-region B) led throughout the entire first half, swarming the Raiders (1-6, 0-3) and causing them to reach double figures in turnovers before halftime.

The Eagles took a 40-31 lead into the fourth, looking like they would eventually wear down the Raiders with their intense defense.

Madison County, however, never quit and was able to make it a close contest. The Eagles were outscored 14-5 in the fourth, knotting the score at 45 after the buzzer sounded to end regulation.

Both teams then exchanged baskets back and forth during the first overtime period.

With a shade over two seconds left, the Raiders inbounded the ball to which T.J. Moore drew a foul. With Eastside in the double bonus, Moore was awarded two free throws; however, he missed both, sending the game into its second overtime.

Again, it went back and forth with Madison County pushing it to a three-point advantage before the Eagles mounted a three-point lead of their own.

With a little over three seconds left, Eastside's Andrico Bailey was sent to the charity stripe with a double bonus and down by two. He calmly sank both, and the Raiders were unable to knock down a 3-pointer as time expired.

Cameron Robinson led the Eagles with 17 points. Neil Latimore and Artis Clanton each dropped 14, while Gabe Mathis had eight.

Moore led all scorers with a game-high 26 points. Kea Thomas added nine in the losing effort.

Meanwhile, the Lady Eagles (1-2, 0-1) had a tough task against fourth-ranked Madison County (7-0, 3-0).

After cruising past Morgan County on Tuesday 66-44, they came in hoping to continue the good work.

Eastside kept it close in the first quarter down 14-6, but as the second quarter began Madison County picked up the pace, outscoring the Lady Eagles 25-2 to give them a 39-8 lead at the half. But the game never got close entering the second half as the Lady Raiders went on to win.

"I was really proud with the way our girls didn't quit," said Eastside girls head coach Jason Grooms. "They were tested and they never quit once. This was good for our girls. We just played the fourth-ranked team in the state; that's important for our girls to see because that's where we ultimately want to be."

The Lady Raiders were led by Courtney Freeman with a game-high 15 points. Kayla Freeman had 13, while Tydra Arnold recorded 12.

High scorers for Eastside were Raven Williams with eight, Ashley Burtts with seven and Jade Cook with six.

Eastside will next host Loganville at 6 p.m. Tuesday.