Rum­ble in the Jun­gle

Crosstown ri­vals East­side, Al­covy split on the court

The Covington News - - Sports - By Ja­son Mur­dock

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

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

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.

BROWN

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