McGowens pours in 36 to lead unbeaten Eagles

McGowens pours in 36 to lead unbeaten Eagles


McGowens pours in 36 to lead unbeaten Eagles



Davaris McGowens did a little bit of everything and a whole lot of scoring for Eastside Friday night.

McGowens scored 13 of the Eagles’ final 17 points and 36 in all, leading second-ranked and unbeaten Eastside to a 60-48 victory over No. 6 Greer in a Peach Blossom AAA Region game.

“Davaris did what Davaris does,” Eastside coach Tom Chamness said. “When he has to, he takes over the game. There was definitely a point — especially in the fourth quarter — where he just took over the game.”

LaBrian Shiflet, who led Greer (7-3, 1-2) with 19 points, nailed a 3-pointer to pull the Yellow Jackets to within 52-48 with 1:02 remaining.

McGowens got behind the Greer press and scored to make it a six-point game. Then he got to the line twice and made four free throws. He scored the final basket for the Eagles (10-0, 3-0) on a breakaway dunk.

Eastside, which played without injured point guard Nigel Owens, trailed 15-6 in the first quarter. The Eagles recovered with a 13-0 run that gave them a 22-19 lead with five minutes left in the second quarter.

“They weren’t doing anything different defensively than they were in the first, but we got sloppy with our passing,” Greer coach Jeff Neely said. “Maybe they played a little harder than we did. They’re big, but we’ve got to block out better.”

Keil Sherman, who shifted from shooting guard to the point for Eastside, finished with 10 points.

Chamness said Eastside took advantage of the 6-foot-5 McGowens’ skills inside and as a ball handler.

“We needed to get him down on the block, but we needed him to help on the press a little bit,” Chamness said.

* Destiny Thompson scored 16 points, and Eastside’s girls registered a 43-34 victory.

Chandler Silvers added nine points and Sydney Smith eight for the Eagles (2-7, 1-2), who led 28-17 at halftime and then fended off Greer’s second-half rally.

“They played smart,” Eastside coach Cindy Mattos-DeHarts said. “I was just real proud of the effort. When (Greer) came within six points, they didn’t panic. They played with composure.”

Sarah Stevenson scored nine points for the Yellow Jackets (3-6, 1-2), and Diamon Shiflet and Ciara Lowrance added eight points apiece.


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