Al­covy splits with Her­itage

Boys up­set Pa­tri­ots, 51-49

The Covington News - - Sports - By Brian Harper

COV­ING­TON — As the reg­u­lar sea­son ended Fri­day night, for some it would be their last game dur­ing the Her­itage-Al­covy matchup.

With the stands filled to ca­pac­ity, the se­niors proudly took to the court look­ing for one last great show­ing. And for the boys, they got it. The Tigers (10-12 over­all, 7-6 Re­gion 8-AAAA South) won their fifth straight game, 51-49, de­feat­ing the topranked Pa­tri­ots in re­gion.

“It was a good win ver­sus a re­ally good team,” said Al­covy coach Eu­gene Brown. “We wanted to com­pete hard and keep the win­ning streak go­ing into the re­gion tour­na­ment.”

Ear­lier Fri­day, the Lady Tigers (2-17, 2-11) were less for­tu­nate, fall­ing 64-38.

In the boys game, Brown started all five se­niors, al­low­ing them an­other chance to shine be­fore the Tiger-faith­ful. Tak­ing ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity, the Fab Five ap­plied full-court pres­sure, seiz­ing two early turnovers from Her­itage.

One of those turnovers led to a huge dunk by Wor­rel Cla­har, ig­nit­ing the crowd and al­low­ing Al­covy to inch closer, down 11-10 af­ter the first quar­ter.

As the sec­ond pe­riod got un­der way, the Tigers al­lowed the ref­er­ees to take the wind out of their sails, as sev­eral bad calls against them let the Pa­tri­ots grab a 27-23 half­time lead.

Af­ter the third quar­ter be­gan, both teams re­al­ized there was a lot more at stake than just a win — the dif­fer­ence be­tween a first

An­thony Banks/The Cov­ing­ton News

Full speed ahead: Brad Wil­liams (23) brings the ball up­court for the Tigers in a 51-49 win over Her­itage on Fri­day at Al­covy High School.

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