The GAIS Eagles took their talents to Alpharetta, GA Friday night, to take on the North Atlanta Flight. In the first game, Trent Bowdre scored 10 of his game high 17 points in the opening quarter, to help the Eagles MS 1 squad keep pace as the game was tied 17-17 at the end of the first.
This game would remain tight throughout the 2nd quarter as both team's defense made it difficult for the opposition. GAIS went into halftime with a 31-29 lead on Germane Armstrong's 15 foot corner jump shot at the buzzer. Armstrong (15pts) came out of the break and scored 6 quick points giving the Eagles its biggest lead of the night at 37-30. With 3:26 left in the 3rd quarter Armstrong would pick up his 4th foul and would sit for a while. The Flight would take advantage and dominate the interior with Armstrong on the bench and go into the 4th quarter tied 43-43.
Pressure defense by the Eagles would be the deciding factor in this one. Just when it looked as if the Flight had a chance to pound the smaller Eagles inside. Guards Trent Bowdre, Xavier Harrison (8pts), Eric Graham (9pts), and Sawyer Stone (4pts) would force the Flight's guards into several turnovers and turn them into easy baskets. Armstrong would return and control the boards as GAIS held the North Atlanta Flight to 7 4th quarter points on their way to winning the game 57-50.
In the varsity game early foul trouble to starters Mike Green, Ty Langley, and Matt kelly hurt the GAIS varsity south group, as they found themselves down 33-24 at the half. The 3rd quarter would belong to Deangalo Fields. Fields put his team on his back by being a force on the defensive boards and scoring 14 of his game high 25 points in the quarter. Heading into the final quarter down 47-45, the Eagles would come out on a 6-0 run to take the lead 51-47. With 4:44 left in the game, Fields began to cramp up. Giving everything he had for his team Fields would run out of gas. Trailing 60-59 At the 2:48 mark after pulling down a defensive rebound Fields would fall to the floor and have to come out of the game for good.
Fields presence would be missed on both ends of the floor as the eagles had trouble securing defensive rebounds and scoring. Matt Kelly stepped up his game in the 2nd half scoring 10 of his 16 points after the break, but it was not enough as the Eagles fell 69-61.
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