Eastside girls drop Newton in 2OT
There's an old saying in sports that says big-time players make big-time plays in big games. Alcovy High School's boys basketball team played in one of those big-time games on Saturday. There wasn't a player on the court more big-time than Devon Edwards, who carried the Tigers into two overtime periods and dropped 34 points on the Heritage Patriots to help his team win on the road in a 68-67 nailbiter.
Alcovy coach Eugene Brown spoke highly on the athletic abilities of his star athlete.
"Devon (Edwards) is a warrior," Brown said. "He is our captain for a good reason. No matter what is happening out there on the court, he is going to get the job done. His teammates have all the confidence in the world in him and he's never let them down."
However, basketball is a team sport and it took a team effort for the Tigers to escape with a win. Ricky Smith scored 16 points for the Tigers while Deondre Butler added five.
"A couple of the guys stepped up big for us today," Brown said. "Players that do not normally shoot free throws well knocked some down when we needed them."
Although Edwards scored half of his team's 68 points, Brown felt that that the difference makers in the game were the players who were consistent at the free throw line.
With the playoffs being right around the corner, Brown is pleased with where his team stands.
"Even though we gave up 67 points today, I think we played solid defense and aggressive offense," he said. "We will need both in the playoffs."
Playing in a double overtime game can definitely mentally prepare any team for it's future.
It was Edwards' freethrow shooting at the end of the fourth quarter that sent the Tigers into the first overtime period.
The Tigers exchanged free throw for free throw with the Patriots in the first overtime period and found themselves tied 55-55 to finish out the first overtime.
Determined to settle the score, Edwards entered the second overtime period with the 'eye of the Tiger'. He went on to score 10 points in the final overtime period to help seal the deal.
However, it was a made free throw by Smith with just a few second left on the clock that put the Tigers up by one.
"We had to fight through adversity to win this game, but we have some tough kids," Brown said after the emotional victory. "We are enjoying watching them play and hope that they use this victory to build as a team."
The Alcovy High School boys basketball teams next home game is Saturday against Jackson.
Little big man: Alcovy's Devon Edwards scored a seasonhigh 34 points in a 68-67 win over Heritage Saturday.