by Gary Stepp
The Alice Lloyd Eagles traveled to Owensboro on Saturday to face the Brescia University Bearcats in a conference showdown. In a barnburner that came down to the final possession, the Eagles lost a heartbreaker 83-81.
In the first half, sparked by Mason Pack, the visitors came out of the gates on fire, as they torched the nets at a 70.4% (19-27) rate while connecting on 7-9 (77.8%) of their 3pt attempts. The hosts shot well themselves, draining 8-15 from three-point range, but still trailed the Alice Lloyd by nine (47-38) at intermission.
In the second half, ALC’s shooting cooled substantially as Brescia kept chipping away at the deficit. The hosts were able to take their first lead on a Kyle Nixon three with less than 10 minutes remaining. The guests refused to fold, however, and the two teams battled hard down the stretch. Alice Lloyd retook a two-point lead (81-79) on a Trevor Tiller put back with just under a minute to go in the game. On the ensuing possession, BU’s Austin Morris connected on a layup and was fouled. His free throw gave his squad an 82-81 advantage. Looking for a good shot, the Eagles Tiller made a strong move to the lane with .08 remaining, but his floater rimmed out. Forced to foul, ALC put Nixon on the line, where he went 1-2. ALC rebounded and found Dondre Warren, who got off a contested 15ft jumper ahead of the buzzer. Unfortunately, his shot was just long, and the Bearcats claimed the win.
For the Eagles (7-11; 3-1 KIAC), Tyler Rogers played a fabulous all-around game. The lanky junior tossed in a game high 21 points, while adding 10 rebounds and 6 blocks. Pack drained 6 bombs and finished with a season high 20 points. Tiller was right behind with 19 points, and he also added 6 assists.
BU (10-5; 2-0 KIAC) was led by Nixon, who came off the bench to bag 20 points.
Alice Lloyd finished the game shooting 28-53 (52.8%) from the floor and 9-16 (56.3%) from behind the arc, while Brescia shot 29-61 (47.5%) and 11-24 (45.8%) from three-point range. From the charity stripe, ALC shot 16-21 (76%), while the Bearcats connected on 14-22 (63.6%). The Bearcats won the battle of the boards 29-26.