Rumble in the Jungle
Crosstown rivals Eastside, Alcovy split on the court
COVINGTON — For Eugene Brown, there is no gray area as to what wins championships: It’s defense.
And that’s exactly what his Tigers proved Friday night, forcing 28 turnovers by putting the defensive clamps on crosstown rival Eastside at the Jungle, 49-39.
“Our defense is our staple,” said Brown, “so we’ve been trying to tighten that up. We went back to the basics with straight fundamental work because we know that’s going to carry us if we get a chance to do anything this year. We’ve been focusing on that, and the guys believe in what we’re doing.”
Earlier Friday, the tables were turned, as the Lady Eagles also forced 28 turnovers en route to a 48-41 win against the Lady Tigers.
In the boys game, Alcovy (8-12 overall, 5-6 Region 8AAAA, Sub-region B) used a constant barrage of pressure, limiting the Eagles to 35 per- cent from the field (12-of-34).
In addition, Eastside (7-11, 2-7) shot just 14 percent from 3-point range (2-of-14).
“We didn’t score the ball with as much consistency as I would have liked to have seen us do,” said Eastside coach Michael Gerald, “and that’s kind of been our dilemma lately.”
Yet the first quarter gave no such indication, as each team scored eight points apiece.
The second period was an entirely different story, as Alcovy scored 20 points compared to six. Julian Butts opened the quarter with a deep 3-pointer, putting the Tigers ahead for good, 11-8.
“You have to be able to execute during the game,” said Gerald, “and (Alcovy) was able to execute with more regularity than us. We’ve just got to find a way to execute offensively.”
The Tigers went on an 8-0 run to end the first half, leading 28-14 entering halftime.
“We came out and played well,” said Worrel Clahar, who paced Alcovy with a game-high 15 points and four assists. “It was big that we executed and did what we do in practice (to) come out with the victory.”
The Tigers enjoyed the defensive stop in the second quarter so much that they did
Tough competitors: Jordan Butts (3) attempts to dribble past Eastside’s Artis Clanton (33) Friday night at the Jungle at Alcovy High School. The Tigers defeated crosstown rival Eastside, 49-39, completing their season sweep over the Eagles. Butts scored six points, while Clanton had a team-high 13.