East­side girls drop Newton in 2OT

The Covington News - - Front page - Ty­lan Merk­er­son sports@cov­news.com

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.

Brit­tany Thomas/The Cov­ing­ton News

Lit­tle big man: Al­covy's Devon Ed­wards scored a sea­son­high 34 points in a 68-67 win over Her­itage Satur­day.

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