COVINGTON, Ga. - The Eastside Eagles (15-2, 6-1) needed a strong fourth-quarter showing to defeat the Luella Lions (6-11, 1-6) 64-49 and extend their winning streak to five games in a crucial stretch of region play.
The Lions hung around for the majority of the game and even trailed the Eagles by a single point heading into the final quarter of action. With a 41-40 lead and only the fourth quarter left to play, the Eagles took the game over and coasted to victory as they outscored the Lions 23-9.
Myles Rice would lead the way for the Eagles in scoring with 16 points, and Chauncey Wiggins followed closely behind him with 15 points in the contest.
Wiggins and Rice's excellent play extended into a pivotal final quarter of action as they accounted for 13 of the team's 23 fourth-quarter points.
Another key contributor for the Eagles was Miokaye Grant, who is a guy that head coach Michael Gerald has said in the past that he would like to see have more offensive production.
Grant finished the contest with 10 points, and along with Rice and Wiggins, he was the Eagles only other double-digit scorer.
This was a good home win for the Eagles as they prepare for a four-game stretch that will consist of not only region games, but four road region games.
This test over the next few weeks should be a great indicator of the type of team that this Eagles group can be once playoffs come into the fold.
The Eagles will start this stretch of games with a road game against the Druid Hills Red Devils (9-9, 2-5) on Friday, Jan 10.