Li­ons sweep vis­it­ing Tigers

The Covington News - - SPORTS - MATT SMITH msmith@cov­news.com

The Al­covy Tigers boys var­sity bas­ket­ball team dropped its 11th con­sec­u­tive game Tues­day night, fall­ing 82-45 to Luella in Re­gion 2-AAAAAA ac­tion on the road.

The Tigers sur­ren­dered 29 sec­ond-half points to the Li­ons, while man­ag­ing just nine points in the fourth quar­ter.

Jor­dan Heron led the Tigers with 20 points, but was the only Al­covy player to score in dou­ble fig­ures in the 37-point loss.

“They played with en­ergy and they played with 100 per­cent ef­fort,” Al­covy in­terim coach Eric Hol­lier said. “Con­sid­er­ing we were un­der­sized, we played with a lot of heart and they played well mi­nus a few turnovers here and there.”

The Tigers en­ter their fourth game Fri­day night with­out coach Jabari Levi, who has taken “per­sonal time” away from the pro­gram.

“I’m just com­ing into the fold, but we’re try­ing to fix some dis­ci­plines is­sues,” Hol­lier said. “I be­lieve the mes­sage has been re­ceived. Our play­ers who played against Luella re­sponded to the op­por­tu­nity that they were given.”

Luella outscored the Tigers 24-11 in the open­ing quar­ter be­fore pour­ing on 29 points in the sec­ond pe­riod. The Li­ons car­ried a 53-23 lead into half­time, but the Tigers played even with Luella in much of the sec­ond half.

Glen­dell Hodge fin­ished with nine points for the Tigers, while Greg Perry scored eight in the los­ing ef­fort.

Hol­lier said he hopes to see a bet­ter de­fen­sive ef­fort from the Tigers Fri­day night when they host Druid Hills.

Al­covy de­feated the Red Devils 75-73 ear­lier this sea­son.

“On Fri­day night, I hope to see our de­fense pick it up a notch and see a drop in our turnovers,” Hol­lier said. “We have to value the bas­ket­ball and com­mu­ni­cate bet­ter as a team.”

Game time is set for 6 p.m.

The Lady Tigers fell in their road con­test at Luella, 61-50.

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