TAYLORS – Showing a deep lineup and balanced scoring, Eastside defeated Riverside 51-35 Tuesday night in a semifinal of the Greenville County Tip-Off Tournament.
By winning the bracket they hosted, the Eagles boys’ team advanced to the tournament championship game to against Berea. The final is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at Eastside.
Eastside led from the start against Riverside, as Tyius Lewis scored eight first-quarter points, hitting a pair of 3-point baskets. The Eagles jumped to a 16-5 advantage over the Warriors, extended the lead to 14 points at halftime and to 47-26 after three quarters.
“I thought we played with some good intensity,” said Eastside coach Tom Chamness. “We got after it pretty good. There are always things you can say you wished we had done this better.”
Lewis finished with 15 points to lead all scorers and pace a balanced attack for Eastside (2-0). Chamness used the entire bench in the game, playing a number of different combinations.
“We feel like we’re pretty deep,” Chamness said. “I feel like we can play a lot of kids. I think that makes us pretty balanced. It gives us an opportunity to keep the ones fresh. We’ll see how that works out.”
Darius Sanders led Riverside (1-1) with seven points.
In the first game of the night, J. L. Mann (1-1) broke open a close game with a 20-9 third quarter en route to beating Woodmont 74-48.
The score was tied 12-12 after one period, and the Patriots led by six at the half. Mann outscored the Wildcats 15-6 over the final five minutes of the third quarter. Then Mann added another 23 points in the final period.
Jack Zemp scored a game-high 25 points for the Patriots, many of them off of drives to the basket. Teammate Malcolm Page hit four 3-point shots in the first half and finished with 15 points, while Mike Felder scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half.
Jaquan Williams led Woodmont (0-2) with 13 points.