Photo by Derrick Mahone
Eagle’s Landing guard Isaiah Dennis (No. 23) and North Clayton forward Tracy Hector await a free throw attempt during first-half action in the teams game on Friday in McDonough.
McDONOUGH — It was an early-season battle between two teams that reached their respective classification state semifinals last season.
The Eagle’s Landing Golden Eagles topped the North Clayton Eagles 75-63 on Friday. Isaiah Dennis led Eagle’s Landing (2-1) with 26 points, and Stafan Bradley led North Clayton (1-2), also with 26.
The game was close for three-plus quarters, featuring 10 lead changes, four coming in the third quarter. Each team took a shot at the other and then staggered when the opponent struck back.
Eagle’s Landing, which reached the Class AAA semis last season, took control for good in the fourth quarter as Trevin Joseph scored 10 of his 24 points in that period. With Joseph leading the way, the Golden Eagles sealed the win in the final two minutes. Chris Davenport put up a double-double for the Golden Eagles with 10 points and 11 rebounds and added six assists.
Devin Lewis added a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds for North Clayton, which reached the Class AAAA semis last season.
The Golden Eagles took an 8-5 first quarter lead on a 3-pointer by Joseph, but North Clayton bounced right back with five straight for a 10-8 advantage. The game see-sawed through the rest of the first, ending with North Clayton clinging to a 19-18 lead.
Then Eagle’s Landing delivered a 13-2 blow to open the second, and the hosts led 31-21. North Clayton staggered a bit, but the visitors revived late in the second, closing to within 31-26. Dennis was unstoppable for Eagle’s Landing in the second quarter, scoring 13 points, on 5-of-5 shooting from the floor and 3-of-3 from the line. Eagle’s Landing led 36-28 at halftime.
North Clayton loaded up for its blow in the third. The Eagles went on a 12-3 run to start the second half, taking a 40-39 lead, and setting off a string of lead changes. Eagle’s Landing, however, survived that blow a bit better and began to take command. Eagle’s Landing led 52-46 after three.
In the girls game, North Clayton rode 20 points from Alejandra Anderson to trounce Eagle’s Landing 43-29. Alexis Gant led Eagle’s Landing with eight points and 11 rebounds.