Rams too much for 'Canes

Published: Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 12:09 a.m.

Tristan McCray scored a game-high 18 points Friday to lead four players in double-digit scoring and Eastside nailed seven three-pointers for a 69-44 rout of Gainesville.


All-around outing

Tristan McCray scored 18 points, had 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for Eastside.

Kim Patrick followed with 13 points, Latorrie Williams ended with 11, while Katprice Mulberry added 10 in the District 5-4A win. The Rams (14-2, 4-0), who are ranked ninth in Class 4A, used a 15-0 second-quarter run en route to their sixth straight win over their city rivals. The Purple Hurricanes (9-10, 4-3) struggled and did not have a player reach double figures.

"We shot the ball real well," Eastside coach Lonnie Turner said. "When you have a balanced team you want to work the ball around. That's what we try to do."

The Hurricanes, who never led, trailed by just six points (25-19) with 3:53 to go until halftime. But intermission didn't come quick enough for the home team, as the Rams closed out the half with 15 straight points. Mulberry capped the spurt with a pair of layups and a three-pointer as Eastside led 40-19 at the break.

The Rams continued to roll in the second half and a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter inflated the margin to 66-40 with 3:08 remaining. Cierra Gordon, who led the Hurricanes with eight points, provided the final margin with a layup in the closing seconds. She also had five assists and three steals.

McCray also grabbed seven rebounds, handed out four assists and made four steals. Williams also collected seven boards for Eastside.

"I was just disappointed in our intensity," said GHS coach Wanda Carter, whose team also lost to Eastside 53-44 in December. "This was a nightmare game for us."

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