High School Basketball
Indians' rally falls short against Bulldogs
by Doug Gorman
East Coweta’s boys basketball team clawed its way back from a double-digit lead late in the fourth quarter, but simply ran out of time against visiting Tri-Cities, who used some late free throws to push the margin back to a 89-77 victory.
The Indians took advantage of some out of control play by the Bulldogs to create turnovers down the stretch to get back in the game.
Zach Walker sparked the East Coweta comeback wih his fourth-quarter fireworks.
His free throw midway through the contest cut the lead to 67-62, and a few minutes later he nailed down a 3-point shot to cut the gap to 69-65.
Late in the fourth quarer, East Coweta cut the gap down to one at 78-77, but that’s as close as the Indinas could get.
Walker stepped up big throughout the night, catching the ball near the baseline and drilling three 3-point shots.
Mon Thrash also converted a couple of key baskets during the Indians’ comeback attempt. After converting a basket and a free throw late in the fourth quar- ter, the Bulldogs’ lead was again back under double digits at 77-70.
Walker led the way for the Indians with 15 points.Thrash added 12.
Tri-Cities standout Shawntrez Davis was the difference in the game, coming up with some timely baskets and rebounds to close down the Indians’ rally attempts. Davis, who has offers from Clemson, Georgia Tech. Maryland and Tennessee, finished the game with 36 points.
He helped Tri-Cities jump out to a 19-13 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 37-26 lead at the end of the first half.
The Indians cut the lead to 56-47 at the end of the third quarter
Davis opened the third quarter with a massive dunk to push the lead to 39-26.
He also had a key dunk early in the fourth quarter to go up 67-54.
With Davis scoring his points inside and pulling down key rebound, Marquis Trice also scored from the outside to keep distance between the Bulldogs.
Trice finished with 12 points. His final basket gave the Bulldogs an 80-77 lead.
Tri-Cities ended the night with an 8-0 run. East Coweta dropped to 1-5 on the year and 0-1 in Region 3-AAAAAA play.
The Indians face a rematch Friday on the road against LaGrange.
In the first meeting between the two schools at East Coweta, the Grangers rolled 70-49.