TIGERS

The Covington News - - Sun­day, march. 4, 2012 -

open. North Clay­ton scored eight straight start­ing with two free throws by Den­nis John­son. The Ea­gles then re­peat­edly beat Al­covy’s press with three straight bas­kets by Hunt.

The first came on a driv­ing layup, fol­lowed by a stop-and-pop from the free-throw line and fin­ish­ing with a layup down the left side of the lane.

“They did a great job against the zone press,” Brown said.

Al­covy then called time­out with 3:44 re­main­ing in the first quar­ter and North Clay­ton up 15-8. The Ea­gles ex­tended their lead to 21-12 at the end of the first quar­ter.

North Clay­ton con­tin­ued to pull away start­ing the sec­ond quar­ter, open­ing with an 8-2 run. Al­covy didn’t score its first bas­ket of the sec­ond quar­ter un­til Devon Ed­wards’ layup 2:16 in to make it 26-14.

Ed­wards later scored six points dur­ing an 8-0 run to bring the Tigers within seven, 29-22, forc­ing a North Clay­ton time­out with 2:48 left un­til half­time.

Ed­wards led the Tigers with 15 points be­fore foul­ing out with 30.8 sec­onds left. Deon­dre But­ler added 14 points and Michael Tucker chipped in 11 points for Al­covy.

The Ea­gles, how­ever, weren’t af­fected end­ing the quar­ter on a 12-4 run. North Clay­ton closed out the first half as Ge­or­gio Days was fouled on a 3-point at­tempt near the buzzer, and made all three free throws, putting Al­covy down 41-26 at in­ter­mis­sion.

The third quar­ter was Al­covy’s best as it played North Clay­ton to a 16-16 tie in the pe­riod. But­ler hit two 3-point­ers in the pe­riod, while the Ea­gles scored seven of their 16 points at the free-throw line.

The Ea­gles all but punched their ticket for the Fi­nal Four in the fourth quar­ter af­ter the Tigers cut it to 57-44. North Clay­ton re­sponded with a 18-5 run to go up 75-51 on Devin Lewis’ three-point play.

Lewis fin­ished with 13 points and Stafan Bradley added 14 for the Ea­gles.

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