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    Saturday certainly was a rough day to be an Eagle. Women’s basketball gets roughed up on the road. The baseball team gets hammered in a doubleheader. Then the men’s roundball team loses to a school which yells, “Let’s Go Peay!” Ouch.
    To make matters worse, the Lady Eagles’ 29-point loss sent me back to a shameful 4-4 on the year. Suddenly the aura surrounding my nice new cubicle isn’t glowing quite as bright these days.
    So time to make a bit of a run here. Let’s get to it.

Why good evening Ladies
    For those of you that missed it, you didn’t miss much.
    Georgia Southern simply got beat on Saturday at Western Carolina on SportSouth TV. I watched until they trailed by 35, then couldn’t take much more.
    So tonight the Lady Eagles have a chance to prove that they are better than that. SoCon leaders Chattanooga comes in at a perfect 16-0 in league play. Time for Tiffany & Co. to take UTC out. Personally I think they will: GSU 57, Lady Moccasins 52.

Diamond Eagles
    Luckily, my Saturday night was spent watching the wonderful basketball being played at Statesboro High — not watching some boys from Boston rough up Georgia Southern’s bullpen.
    So Sunday’s 18-6 rout by GSU in the series finale almost made up for a dreadful start to the season.
    Now the Eagles head up I-16 to face Georgia Tech. I say the Eagles sweep, with wins on Tuesday and Wednesday.
    Saturday’s two losses woke up the sleeping Eagles. They’ll go to Atlanta and draw even and go 3-2 (and 3-2 in ACC play).

I gotta go nooooow
    Any chances Georgia Southern had of increasing its street cred with a quality win over a quality non-conference opponent went right down the toilet with an eight-point defeat in Clarksville, Tenn., on Saturday.
    The Governors — I don’t think there are teams in England that call themselves ‘Governors’ — handled GSU easily. Any momentum the Eagles had coming into that contest with the Ohio Valley’s best team took a major blow.
    Things could either go two ways for GSU now — either they forget about AP and continue right where they left off in SoCon play (unbeaten since Feb. 4) — or fade into the basketball sunset like season after seasons past.
    Which brings me to this: The Eagles have two games left — one at the College of Charleston on Thursday and one against behemoth Davidson on Senior Night. I say they win both — by a combined 10 points.

Lastly but not leastly
    As I mentioned earlier, Statesboro has one down and four to go in the state playoffs. So does Portal. In fact, those are the only three teams left around these parts, so they better keep winning or basketball season will be over before you know it.
    I don’t think folks really understand what a privilege it is for me to watch Statesboro basketball night-in, night-out. I guess I’m becoming a bit of a homer (D’oh), but each week I get a healthy dose of Eric Ferguson and Monnette Bennette and I love every minute of it.
    The Blue Devils face a tough Jonesboro squad on Tuesday for a chance to get to the Elite Eight at Fort Valley State. The Lady Devils will play Baldwin who beat Woodward Academy by one. They’ll play Wednesday.
    As for Portal, Tuesday will be another wild night in the cracker box at PHS. Wilcox County nearly ruined Portal’s season a year ago and will be back in town to try and do it again. A Panther win sends PHS to Columbus State for the quarterfinals.

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