Eastside’s offense came alive in the first half, but Thomson’s defensive pressure changed that in the second half. Still, the Eagles came away with a victory to improve their record to 6-6 on the season.
The first half was a quick one, as both teams made their money on jumpers. The game was as much of a three point contest as it was a game.
Thomson jumped out to an early 12-5 lead, making a couple of threes along the way against the Eagles' 2-3 zone.
Eastside answered with a barrage of threes of their own and strong defense to take the lead back at 18-14 in the first.
Eastside's defense held Thomson to single digits in the second quarter simply by rotating harder to Thomson shooters and clogging up the paint with their length allowing them to force turnovers.
The Eagles led 32-21 at half as Marquise Sims, Keiodre Perry, Isaiah Miller and J.J. Saxton all hit from deep in the first half.
Eastside couldn't find any room to create offense in the third quarter with the pressure Thomson brought that to forced a bad shot or silly turnover. Thomson led 39-35 at the end of the third.
With 50.6 seconds left in the game Thomson pulled within two after a pair of free throws. Timothy Haynes went to the line with 22.1 seconds left to ice it, but after making the first he missed the second. However, a Saxton offensive rebound saved Eastside and the Eagles went on to win 51-46.