Heron's fi­nal shot lifts Tigers at buzzer

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

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.

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Cameron Banks steals the ball from the Druid Hills of­fense for an easy scor­ing op­por­tu­nity Fri­day night at home against the Red Devils.

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Al­covy guard Lareco Her­ring breaks down his de­fender in the Tigers' 44-43 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Druid Hills Red Devils.

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