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Eagles lose in playoffs after two overtimes

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By Shug Haigler

The Central Eagles basketball team lost in the first round of the state playoffs on February 15, falling to Southside Christian of Simpsonville 71-70 after two overtimes.

The Eagles led after the first quarter 15-14, but at halftime the Sabers had a 23-19 lead.

Central scored 16 points in the third period, holding Southside to 15. The Eagles tied the game in the final period to take the game into overtime, tied 62-62.

But the Sabers outlasted the Eagles in overtime, scoring nine points to their eight.

Quan Chambers and Kevon Wall each had 21 points to pace the Eagles. Davonta Robinson had 13 points, Daylon Robinson had eight, Devin Rushing had seven, and B.R. Hatcher had two points.

Central ended the season with a 14-6 record.

“Although I would have liked for our team to have gone further in the playoffs, these players have exceeded my expectations. They are an enjoyable group of young men who worked hard all year. I’m sure they will continue to do good things under the leadership of coach Brown,” said coach Mike Connelley.