Heron's final shot lifts Tigers at buzzer
With 20 seconds to go at home Friday night, the Alcovy Tigers' hopes of a region win looked dim.
The Tigers surrendered a 4-point fourth-quarter lead to visiting Druid Hills, and Alcovy just missed a jumper that turned the ball back over to the Red Devils.
But the Tigers' desire for their first win under interim coach Eric Hollier couldn't be impeded, as Jordan Heron stole the ensuing in-bounds pass, giving the Tigers' one final shot at the win.
Sixteen seconds later, Heron's defensive efforts were rewarded, as Heron tipped in the game-winner as time expired, lifting the Tigers over the Red Devils 44-43.
Heron finished with a game-high 17 points, and Alcovy rallied from a 28-19 first-half deficit to earn its first win since defeating Druid Hills on the road Dec. 3. The win moved the Tigers to 2-5 in region play, while the Red Devils dropped to 2-11 overall.
"It feels great to get this win," Alcovy interim coach Hollier said. "A long time ago I got beat on a buzzer-beater, so it feels good to be on the other side of it."
The Tigers trailed by nine at halftime, but outscored Druid Hills 17-6 in the third quarter. Six different Alcovy players
scored in the third period, which featured a 9-0 run by the Tigers at the end of the quarter.
Druid Hills tied the game at 38-38 on a Maurice Love layup, but the Tigers pushed their lead to 42-38 on a Heron 3-pointer from the left corner and a Cameron Banks free throw.
The Red Devils answered with a 5-0 run to take a 43-42 advantage before Heron's putback winner.
Heron led Alcovy with six points in the opening quarter, but the Tigers trailed 12-8 after the first quarter. With the contest tied 5-5, Druid Hills went on a 7-3 run to end the quarter.
In the second quarter, Banks came off the bench to pace the Tigers with seven points, but the Red Devils closed the quarter on a 10-0 run after Alcovy took a 19-18 lead on a Glendell Hodge layup.
Banks joined Heron in double figures with 10 points, while Love and Kenneth Gray led Druid Hills with 12 points each.
Alcovy returns to region action Tuesday against Morrow before hosting rival Newton High on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Cameron Banks steals the ball from the Druid Hills offense for an easy scoring opportunity Friday night at home against the Red Devils.
Alcovy guard Lareco Herring breaks down his defender in the Tigers' 44-43 victory over the visiting Druid Hills Red Devils.