Mus­tangs gal­lop past Al­covy

The Covington News - - SPORTS - PHIL MAN­SON sports@cov­news.com

The Al­covy boys bas­ket­ball team earned an “A” for ef­fort, but in the end, the Mor­row Mus­tangs had too much height and a deeper bench, knock­ing off the Tigers 97-65 in a Re­gion 2-AAAAAA tilt Tues­day night.

With the loss, Al­covy dropped to 2-16 over­all and 2-6 in re­gion play. Mor­row evened its sea­son record to 9-9 and im­proved to 3-2 in the re­gion.

Al­covy got a gutsy per­for­mance from guard Cameron Banks, who led all scor­ers with 28 points. De­Markus Lo­man scored 21 points and Josh Jones added 20 to pace the Mus­tangs.

From the open­ing tip, Mor­row took con­trol of the game.

For­ward Ben­jamin Stewart and Jones threw down thun­der­ous dunks in the first minute of play that brought the par­ti­san crowd to its feet. Another bas­ket staked Mor­row to a 6-0 lead.

It was 10-0 Mus­tangs at the 5:51 mark, and Al­covy didn’t score its first bas­ket un­til 4:04 was left in the first quar­ter. Mor­row led 20-11 af­ter one pe­riod of play.

Al­covy played much bet­ter team ball in the sec­ond pe­riod, and back-to­back 3-point­ers by Banks and guard Jor­dan Heron cut the Mus­tangs’ lead to 33-27 with 3:36 to play be­fore half­time. How­ever, Mor­row outscored Al­covy 10-5 in the fi­nal three min­utes to take a 43-32 lead into the locker room.

“The guys played hard. They gave it their best ef­fort,” Al­covy in­terim coach Eric Hol­lier said. “The first two min­utes of the third quar­ter was where the game changed. It seemed we came out a lit­tle flat in the third quar­ter.”

Mor­row’s quick­ness and height ad­van­tage re­ally came to the fore­front in the first two min­utes of the third pe­riod, as it went on a 9-2 tear to grab a 51-34 lead.

With the Mus­tangs dom­i­nat­ing the boards and not al­low­ing Al­covy any sec­ond-chance shots, they scored seven more points to push the lead to 58-34 with 3:07 gone in the third pe­riod.

Al­covy was able to cut the lead to 19 on a bas­ket by Frank Walker with 3:15 left. By then, though, the Mus­tangs were gal­lop­ing away from the Tigers. They outscored Al­covy 34-16 in the quar­ter and led 77-48 af­ter three.

The fourth quar­ter started much the same as the third. Mor­row scored the first seven points to lead 85-48 with 5:39 left in the game. From there, Mor­row coach Creswell Foy emp­tied his bench, and the Mus­tangs cruised to the 97-65 win.

Banks was the lone bright spot for the Tigers as he scored 12 of his 28 points in the fourth quar­ter.

“I’m very glad of the ef­fort,” Hol­lier said. “We’re go­ing to work to­ward bet­ter de­fense and tak­ing care of the bas­ket­ball so we won’t let teams get a quick run against us.”

On tap for the Tigers is cross-town ri­val Newton High. Tipoff against the Rams is sched­uled for 8:30 p.m. Fri­day at Al­covy.

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