Select Page

A horrendous start offensively dug the Alice Lloyd College Eagles into too deep of a hole as they dropped a tough 77-73 decision to the visiting Union College Bulldogs last night.{nl}ALC came out of the gates as cold as the temperature, and they fell behind by 17 points in the first half. When the buzzer sounded, they still trailed the Bulldogs by fifteen big points at 38-23.{nl}With their backs against the wall entering the last stanza, the Eagles were in need of someone to step up in a major way. That player was sophomore Brandon Hayes.  Hayes came out of the locker room like a man possessed in the second half, as he led a furious Eagle comeback with his clutch shooting and timely rebounding. In one stretch, he scored 10 consecutive points. His inspired play lifted his teammates as they rallied to take a four point lead with only three minutes remaining.{nl}Unfortunately, the young Eagles were unable to hold on as Union first managed to regain the lead, and then sank their free throws late to survive on the road.{nl}For ALC (4-6), only two players cracked double digits. They were led in scoring by Hayes who finished a fine ballgame with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Fellow sophomore guard Van Ferguson drilled three clutch bombs and added 10.{nl}For the victorious Bulldogs (6-7), they were led in scoring by Payton Ponzer and Darrell Jackson with 22 and 21 points respectively.{nl}ALC returns to action on January 4-5 when they travel to Point Lookout, Missouri to participate in the prestigious College of the Ozarks Classic. Last season, College of the Ozarks was the NAIA National runner up, and is one of the nation’s perennial powerhouses.