East 94, Leadership 80
East entered tonight’s game as the top team in the Class A2 standings. Leadership was atop the A1 standings. The Eagles came away with a victory in a potential state qualifier matchup as they took down the Lions 94-80.
Maurice McKinney ended the first quarter with a deep three-pointer to make it just a 22-21 East lead. The Eagles controlled the second quarter as they went into halftime with a 42-31 lead. In the third, both teams traded buckets as East led 65-58 heading into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter was filled with fouls and technical fouls, slowing down the pace of the game. A three-pointer by Leadership made it a 74-70 game with just over four minutes to play. But the Eagles went on a 15-5 run from that point and were able to come away with the 94-80 win.
Damani Barley led the Eagles with a game-high 34 points. Zecharia Harris-Scott scored 27 points, Clinique Jackson netted 20, and Kai McCullough had 11.
Kennyh Hardeman led the Lions with 21 points and 23 rebounds.