The East Coweta Indians erased a double-digit lead Tuesday night at home against visiting Pebblebrook in a Region 2 7A contest, but in the end, it wasn’t enough.
Pebblebrook’s Kaleb Washington spoiled the comeback effort by East Coweta draining a jump shot as time expired to give the Falcons a 61-59 victory.
It put an end to a disappointing night of region basketball as the Lady Indians also lost when their comeback effort fell short, 57-46.
It was just the Indians’ second loss this season as they fell to 8-2 overall and 0-1 in league play.
The Lady Indians dropped to 4-4 overall and 0-1 in region action.
The Indians stayed in the game with some long-range shooting in the second half.
East Coweta connected on six 3-pointers including four in the third quarter
The Indians climbed back in the game after trailing 32-24 at the break.
Samuel Moss connected on two 3-pointers in the third quarter. Chris Youngblood and Austen Cotton one each to pace the Indians’ offensive fireworks to open the second half.
The Indians trailed 46-36 at one stretch of the third quarter, but went on a 7-4 run late in the period to cut the Falcons’ lead to 50-43.
Pebblebrook took control to open the fourth quarter, pushing the lead to 55-47, before the Indians started a run of their own.
Back-to-back 3-pointers helped the Indians erase a deficit with under two minutes left.
The senior combo of Youngblood and Brandon Stroud hit long-rage jumpers late.
Youngblood’s basket cut the Falcons’ lead to 55-54.
After Pebblebrook pushed the lead to 57-54, Stroud tied the game at 57-all with his long-range basket.
The Falcons basket with under a minute left put Pebblebrook up 59-57, but the Indians weren’t done yet.
Gilbert Crowley added the final score for the Indians with his late contribution.
The stage was set early for a competitive game after Pebblebrookk only led 13-12 at the end of the first quarter.
Youngblood’s basket late in the first quarter, pushed the Indians out to a 12-10 lead.
Youngblood led the way for East Coweta with 19 points. Moss tossed in 18.
Andre Young and Danny Stubbs had 12 points each for the Falcons.
Pebblebrook 57, East Coweta 46 (girls): The Lady Falcons built an early 21-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and then held off a comeback attempt by the Lady Indians en route to the Region 2-7A victory.
Five different players spread the scoring wealth in the first quarter for Pebblebrook.
Milanna Holmes had the hot hand early for Pebblebrook, scoring eight points in the first eight minutes of the game.
Her third basket of the night, pushed the Lady Falcons’ lead to double-digits for the first time as Pebblebrook jumped out to a 15-5 lead.
East Coweta’s Destini Benning’s 3-pointer late in the first period cut the lead to 15-8, but the momentum didn’t last long as the Lady Falcons went on a 6-0 run .
Pebblebrook led 29-17 at the break.
Letiya Reeves had five points in the second quarter, including a 3-pointer for the Lady Indians’ final basket of the first half.
The Lady Indians outscored Pebblebrook 15-9 in the third quarter and trimmed the lead to 38-32. After the Lady Falcons hit a 3-pointer to go up 35-22, East Coweta went on a 10-3 run to close out the third period.
A free throw by Reeves late in the period, cut the margin to 33-30.
Reeves connected on an old-fashioned 3-point play early in the fourth quarter when she hit a shot and converted the free throw to trim the Lady Falcons lead to 38-35.
However, two offensive spurts by the Lady Falcons late in the final period pushed the lead to double digits as Pebblebrook led 47-37 and 51-41.
Reeves led the way for East Coweta with 15 points. Pebblebrook’s Holmes led all scores with 19.