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PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Eastside, Alcovy sweep region matchups
T'niah Douglas
Eastside junior, T'Niah Douglas puts up two of her team-high 16 points in the Lady Eagles' Region 4-AAAA win over Druid Hills Tuesday night. -photo by Sydney Chacon

COVINGTON, Ga. — Newton County teams came away from Tuesday’s basketball action with a clean sweep of wins. 

Both girls and boys teams from Alcovy and Eastside won key home contests in their respective regions. 

The Eastside boys (13-8, 8-4 in Region 4-AAAA) defeated Druid Hills 60-51 in a game that helped Eastside cement itself a little deeper into third place in Region 4-AAAA. It also marked the Eagles’ third straight win and fourth out of their last five games. 

Sophomore Myles Rice led with 14 points while Killien Glover and Jerry Mays chipped in with 13 and 12 points respectively. Although a 74-65 loss to Newton back on January 12 is present, the win against Druid Hills was Eastside’s fourth straight region win. 

Meanwhile, the Lady Eagles (10-10, 6-6) defeated Druid Hills 54-52, breaking their three-game skid, dating back to their 57-35 loss to Newton back on January 12. Eastside lost fairly close contests with No. 7 Luella (68-59) and an improved North Clayton team (54-47). 

Eastside’s “big three” group of juniors, T’Niah Douglas, Dasia Burgess and Alysee Dobbs combined for 39 of the Lady Eagles’ 54 points. 

The Lady Eagles will finish the regular season hosting Hampton on Friday and then traveling to No. 2 Henry County on January 29 to close out Region 4-AAAA play. Its season finale against county rival Alcovy will take place on Saturday February 2. 

Speaking of Alcovy, both the Tigers and Lady Tigers came away with Region 3-AAAAAA Ws against Greenbrier Tuesday night, with the Lady Tigers (6-14, 1-6) winning 53-39 to notch their first region win of the season. 

Liana Poole led with 16 points while Dalehia Bolden’s 15 and Ajoyous Tuggle’s 12 paced Alcovy in the win. Meanwhile, the boys improved to 8-12 overall and 2-5 in region play with a 74-70 victory over fourth place Greenbrier (10-12, 3-4). 

Jaylen Williams led four Tigers in double figures with a team-high 19 points, while junior Oliver Gerard had 17. Greg Armwood and Trevon Howze chipped in with 15 and 13 points apiece. 

Both Alcovy teams will finish with a region matchups down the stretch at Lakeside and Grovetown, and then home in the region finale against Evans on February 1. Both teams will also travel to Druid Hills on Saturday for a non-region game. 

Newton Rams victorious in BCB Showcase on MLK Day

The eighth-ranked Newton Rams scored a major 77-40 win over T.L. Hanna (South Carolina) Monday at Peachtree Ridge during the BCB Showcase. 

Armani Harris
Armani Harris skies for a bucket in Saturday's game against Morgan County. Harris had 17 against Morgan and then scored 21 against T.L. Hanna in Monday's BCB Showcase. -photo by Sydney Chacon

Tre Clark recorded a game-high 26 points while dishing out a career-high 11 assists with eight steals. Armani Harris also had a solid game, pouring in 21 points with five rebounds and three blocked shots. 

Newton (16-5) bounced back after a tough week that saw them fall to Class AAAAAAA No. 2 Grayson and Class AAA No. 1 Morgan County. Newton is 5-2 in Region 8-AAAAAAA play, and sits in second place in the region standings with Shiloh (14-7, 5-2) right on its heels. 

The Rams will finish region play at rival Rockdale on Friday and then with home games against Shiloh and Archer next week before ending the regular season slate with a non-region matchup at Class AAAAA Eagle’s Landing on Saturday February 2.