If there is ever a time when pride becomes a key role in winning, it has to come when a good rivalry is at stake.
With bragging rights on the line Tuesday night, the visiting Alcovy Tigers would be the only ones doing the celebrating, as both the boys and girls basketball squads defeated Eastside in region action.
In the boys game, the Tigers (6-9 overall, 4-3 Region 8-AAAA, Sub-region B) won in convincing fashion, 62-42. They were led behind senior point guard Worrel Clahar and his game-high 28 points.
For the girls, the Lady Tigers (1-13, 1-5) earned their first win of the season, 40-35.
"Worrel is a beast," said Alcovy boys coach Eugene Brown. "He is our captain and leader; when he goes the team goes."
With the first quarter ending 16-14 advantage Eastside, both teams knew they were going to have to find that extra gear in order to pull off a win.
The Tigers found it quicker than Eastside, as they were able to come out as the aggressor in the second period, building a 10-point lead early against the pesky Eagles (7-7, 2-4).
At halftime, the teams headed to the locker rooms with Alcovy ahead, 32-22.
The second half got underway much like the first quarter; however, it was here that Clahar was able to come up with 16 big points, steering the Tigers to the knockout victory and snapping their three-game losing streak.
"We have been on a bit of a losing streak," admitted Brown. "We have played hard in all four games; we just found ways to lose. But this win tonight helps us get back on track."
Cody Edwards netted 12 points for the Tigers.
Eastside's Cameron Robinson had 11 points. Gabe Mathis chipped in with 10.
Making sure not to let the crowd down and keeping the game to a nervous minimum, Alcovy girls coach Suzanne Smith was able to lead her team to its inaugural victory.
In a game where they trailed all but the final two minutes, the Lady Tigers played smart and together, allowing them to complete the comeback.
On the other hand, the Lady Eagles (6-11, 0-5) had the game in their hands. But they simultaneously began to fall apart late in the fourth. Alcovy took advantage by coming alive, posting back-to-back scoring drives to tie the game at 33 with 120 ticks left.
The Lady Tigers were able to ride the backs of Tiffany Moody's team-high 15 points and Lisa Kossally's 11.
When asked about the fourth quarter meltdown, Eastside girls coach Jason Grooms stated, "I'm more disappointed in the wide open missed shots than I am (with) the loss. In girls basketball, momentum plays a big part. We had it and lost it, and could never regain it back."
Eastside's Ashley Burtts scored a game-high 16 points.