by Anthony Sizemore, Student Sports Reporter
The Alice Lloyd Eagles hosted Asbury University on Tuesday, February 11th. The Eagles played an impressive game and imposed their will in the second half to win by a score of 89-76.
ALC came into the contest fresh off a win against IU East and, with the KIAC tournament just a few weeks away, had plans on moving up in the standings. In the opening half, the home team wasted no time jumping out to an early 12-6 lead with sixteen minutes to go. They stretched their lead out to as many as nine with just under eleven minutes to play in the opening stanza (29-20). Alice Lloyd held the lead in the first half until about the two minute mark. At that point, Asbury battled back to take the lead (40-39). When the final buzzer sounded for intermission, the score was knotted at 44.
It wasn’t a great start to the half for Alice Lloyd with the visitors scoring the first four points. However, ALC persevered and regained the lead at the 15:14 point of the second half (55-53). From this point forward, Alice Lloyd would never trail. The Eagles gradually increased their lead as the minutes went by. With 7:52 to play, they led 73-62. Alice Lloyd amped up the intensity on the defensive end and were able to force Asbury into taking ill-advised shots. The hosts continued to execute their game plan, and were able to put their counterparts away in impressive fashion.
The victors (12-11, 7-6 KIAC) were led by sophomore Cody Malicoat with 27 points and 5 rebounds, while Stuart Stamper continued his torrid shooting, producing 21 points to go along with 5 boards. Tyler Rogers had 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 blocks, and a trio of impressive dunks, and Cody Stumbo contributed 13 points. Isaac Wilson provided excellent senior leadership in this contest and produced 9 points and 7 assists.
C.J. Penny paced Asbury (15-9, 8-6 KIAC) with 20 points.
ALC shot 58% from the field (32 for 55) while holding Asbury to 39% (27 for 68) on the night.
The Eagles have a few days off before they head back to the court in Pippa Passes to face IU-Kokomo on Saturday, February 15th. The game tips at 5 PM.