Photo by Heather Middleton
By Doug Gorman
The Eagle's Landing Christian boys basketball team is moving on.
Tuesday night the Chargers beat visiting Bowdon 57-41 in a Class A play-in game to officially advance to the first round of the state tournament.
The Chargers now hit the road for a game against George Walton Academy Saturday night at 7 p.m.
Eagle's Landing Christian turned a 28-all tie at the half into a route with some stellar defense. The Chargers held the Red Devils to just one field goal in the second half and were able to pull away, converting missed shots and turnovers by Bowden into some easy transition baskets at the other end.
"I had to go into the locker room at the half and get on them a little bit," ELCA first-year coach Jay Covington said. "We were tense, I felt like we were ready, but we had to loosen up a little bit."
Aaron Crossland hit two 3-pointers and Scott Barlow drained one in the third quarter to help the Chargers pull out to a 47-36 lead at heading into the fourth quarter.
The Red Devils hit their only field goal of the second half late in the third quarter when Tra McDaniel connected on a basket for the final points of the quarter.
Barlow finished the game with four treys to lead Eagle's Landing Christian with 16 points. Taylor Echols added 13 for the Chargers.
J.B. Stephens led Bowdon with 11 and Cedrick Strickland scored 10.
Bowdon broke the game open in the second quarter with three quick 3-point shots. Stephen's long-range shot at the 5:31 mark of the period gave the Red Devils a 24-17 lead.
It was the only time they were in control.
The Charges stormed back midway through the period, putting together a 11-4 run.
One of Barlow's 3-point shots tied the game at the break.
With the win, Eagle's Landing Christian improved to 21-7. Bowdon drops to 15-13.
The Chargers now face a George Walton team making its first trip to the playoffs since joining the Georgia High School Association.
Eagle's Landing Christian's football team beat George Walton 35-21 in the third round of the playoffs last fall.