by Anthony Sizemore, Student Sports Reporter
The Alice Lloyd Eagles traveled to Pikeville to participate in the BB&T Classic on Friday, November 7th and Saturday, November 8th. The Eagles went 1-1 in the two games. Here is a recap of both matchups.
Alice Lloyd’s first opponent of the classic featured the Bluefield College Rams out of Bluefield, Virginia. In the first half, both teams swapped leads on numerous occasions and tied seven times. After BC held a 29-22 cushion, Alice Lloyd went on a 9-2 spurt to even the score at 31. The Eagles buried a three with less than 10 seconds remaining to take a 42-39 advantage into the locker room.
Even though Bluefield produced a run of their own to take a 57-49 lead in the second half, Alice Lloyd would not go away. The Eagles were able to go on another run when they needed it most. Bluefield led 71-64 but an 8-0 charge by the Eagles allowed them to recapture the edge. Trailing 84-83 with under a minute to go, Austin Crisp made a basket in the lane to give ALC an 85-84 advantage it would not relinquish. The Eagles added one more bucket as Bluefield’s last chance to send the game to overtime would not go.
ALC was 31 for 65 in field goals (47 percent) including 10 of 24 from beyond the arc (41 percent). The Eagles made 15 free throws out of 24 attempts (62 percent). The Rams shot 50 percent from the field (32 for 64) while connecting on 12 threes out of 29 tries (41 percent). BC only shot 11 free throws, converting on 8 of them (72 percent). Alice Lloyd outrebounded Bluefield, 42-30.
Mason Pack led the way for the Eagles (2-1) with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Cody Malicoat produced 19 points and 7 boards while Trevor Tiller had 14 points. Crisp tallied 13 points to go along with 5 assists while Dondre Warren pitched in with 10 points.
Bluefield’s (0-1) Kyle Grisby had a game high 32 points.
In game two of the classic, Alice Lloyd squared off with the Pikeville Bears. ALC took an 8-7 early in the first half. However, Pikeville blitzed the Eagles as the Bears would go on a staggering 20-2 run to put the visitors down seventeen with thirteen minutes to go in the opening stanza. When it was all said and done, Alice Lloyd trailed at the half by 34 to UPike (67-33).
It would only get worse for the Eagles in the second half as Pikeville increased their lead. Pikeville’s biggest lead was forty-nine and would end up winning the game by forty-seven. There was not much ALC could do in this game as Pikeville was the superior team and it showed.
27 baskets were made by Alice Lloyd out of 62 tries while going 5 for 20 from downtown (25 percent). The visitors shot 66 percent from the charity stripe (18 for 27). Pikeville knocked down 44 shots on 83 attempts including 10 threes in 24 tries (41 percent). The Bears hit 78 percent of their free throws (26 for 33). The Bears had 50 rebounds to Alice Lloyd’s 32.
Trevor Tiller was the Eagles (2-2) leading scorer in this game with 23 points. Tyler Rogers was the only other player to get into double figures with 11.
K.K. Simmons had 30 points for Pikeville (3-0).