The Alice Lloyd Eagles traveled to Indiana over the weekend to face two conference rivals, the Indiana University Southeast Grenadiers and the Indiana University Kokomo Cougars. The Eagles dropped the opening match-up on Saturday before earning an important win on Sunday.
ALC- 68; IUS- 85
Cold shooting would prove to be costly as the Eagles suffered a disappointing loss.
From the onset, Alice Lloyd had difficulty finding the basket. Over the first 15 minutes they were outscored 28-13 and trailed by 15 points with 4:28 remaining. Nevertheless, the visitors closed the half on a 10-2 run and only trailed 30-23 at intermission.
During the first minute of the second half, Alice Lloyd senior Tyler Rogers scored the first 4 points to put his club right in the thick of things at 30-27. Unfortunately, over the next 7:30, IUS would go on a 16-7 run to sprint ahead 46-34 with 11:39 remaining. From that point, the Eagles would only get within single digits once more as the Grenadiers would pull away.
For Alice Lloyd (11-9; 7-3 KIAC), Rogers would foul out with a game high 24 points and 6 rebounds. Fellow senior Cody Stumbo was next in the scoring column with 14 points. The two veterans combined to hit 11-23 from the field, but their teammates had a difficult day as the rest of the club sank only 6-37 attempts. The team would finish shooting 28% on the night.
Sophomore Austin Crisp was the only other player to reach double figures as he chipped in 10 points and dished off a game high 4 assists. Senior Trevor Combs finished with 8 points and added game highs with 10 rebounds and 3 steals.
Myles Harvey led IUS (6-15; 2-6 KIAC) with 19 points.
ALC- 71; IUK- 62
Freshman center Shane Hall delivered 19 points and 5 blocks to lead the Alice Lloyd Eagles to a huge come-from-behind victory over the Cougars.
In the first half, Kokomo would lead all but 30 seconds as they controlled the contest. Their lead would reach its zenith of 9 (32-23) with 4:05 remaining following a David Kelly triple. ALC would manage to reduce the deficit to 4 (33-29) at intermission following a Cody Stumbo hoop.
IU Kokomo would increase their lead to 41-34 with 17:03 remaining before going on an 11-4 run over the next 4 minutes to tie the score at 45 with 13:16 left.
At this important juncture the Eagles would clamp down on the defensive end and go on a momentum- changing 13-4 spurt to vault ahead 58-49 with 6:29 remaining.
Realizing the significance of the game, the home team would then go on a furious 12-4 run of their own to set the score at 62-61 with just 1:55 showing.
Fortunately for Alice Lloyd, Tyler Rogers would sink a huge jumper on his squad’s next possession to edge them ahead by 3 (64-61) at 1:07. In need of a big defensive play, the Eagles got a gift when they forced a Kokomo turnover at .31.
Forced to foul, Indiana had no recourse but to put sophomore Austin Crisp on the line with 36 ticks remaining. The guard coolly drilled both tosses to end the last threat and ensure the victory for the boy’s from Pippa Passes.
For the victors (12-9; 8-3 KIAC), Hall led a balanced attack with 19 points. Rogers and Stumbo also reached double digits with 17 and 13 points respectively.
Dondre Warren led the team with 6 rebounds while Rogers and Crisp each dished out 4 assists.
IUK (5-18; 1-9) was led by Kelly with 20 points.