EAST JACKSON fell to 8-12 on the season last week as the Eagles dropped two Region 8-AAA games.
On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Eagles fell 72-68 in a home contest with Elbert County.
East Jackson fell slight behind in the first quarter, but battled back in a game that saw several lead changes. The Eagles were down by only two points heading into the final period of play, but ultimately fell short of a comeback as the Blue Devils increased the deficit to four.
“It was a back-and-fourth game throughout the night, and I was proud of our effort,” said coach Brian Turner. “Elbert simply made more plays down the stretch to preserve the win.”
Casey Reed led scoring for the Eagles with 23 points. Jarron Davis contributed 13, Devontae Tuggle scored 12 and Tyree Rakestraw added 11.
Last Friday, the Eagles traveled to Morgan County where they were defeated 56-22 by the Bulldogs.
The Eagles were scheduled to host Hart County on Tuesday, but the game was postponed due to the winter storm.
East Jackson has three more region games to play before heading into the Region 8-AAA tournament. If the Eagles hope to avoid playing a number one or two seed, they will need to win at least two of their final three region tilts (at Oconee County, atFranklin County and vs Jackson County) to move up in the standings.
The Eagles will travel to Oconee County on Friday (7:30 p.m.), where they will face the Warriors for the second time this season. Oconee County bested East Jackson 66-64 in the first meeting between the two teams.
Saturday, East Jackson will host Winder-Barrow for a non-region contest at 5 p.m.