The Alice Lloyd Eagles dropped a difficult 90-86 overtime decision the Milligan Buffaloes in a contest held Thursday at the Grady Nutt Athletic Center.
In the opening half, the visitors jumped ahead on the strength of eight 3-point baskets. They led 42-31 at intermission.
Milligan then opened the final stanza with a 9-1 run to take its largest lead of the game at 15 (50-35). On the brink of disaster, the home club responded with a 17-7 Eagles run which reduced the deficit to just five at 57-52.
After MC increased their lead back to nine, Alice Lloyd fought back with an 11-2 run to tie things up at 65.
Back-to-back layups gave the Buffs a 69-65 edge, and they led by five (78-73) with under a minute to play. However, the never-say-die Eagles scored five unanswered points to force overtime, much to the delight of the vocal crowd.
ALC jumped ahead by three to start the extra period and appeared on the brink of a great comeback. Unfortunately, Milligan hit four consecutive free throws to grab the lead, and this time, they never relinquished it.
For ALC (1-1), they were led by freshman Shane Hall with 19 points and 7 rebounds, both team highs. He also added 3 blocks.
Sophomore Austin Crisp followed in the scoring column with 16, while seniors Cody Stumbo and Tyler Rogers chipped in with 14 and 13 points respectively. Rogers added a game high 4 blocks.
Milligan (2-0) was led by Kurt Brooks with 21.