by Anthony Sizemore, Student Sports Reporter
The Alice Lloyd Eagles hosted the IU Southeast Grenadiers on Saturday, December 6th. The Eagles came out and played inspired basketball as they would win this matchup, 63-53.
Coming into this game, Alice Lloyd was hoping to avoid a three-game losing streak. In the first few minutes, IU Southeast held a narrow 7-6 advantage. However, ALC would take the lead, going up 12-9 with thirteen minutes left in the opening half. Even though the Eagles were ahead, the Grenadiers kept it close throughout the half. Alice Lloyd held a 23-21 margin with four minutes left. The Eagles would go into halftime up three, 30-27.
If the Eagles were going to pull the victory out of the fire, they would have to do it without Cody Malicoat. The junior forward left the game in the first half with an ankle injury and would not return. IU Southeast would regain control in the second half. The Grenadiers pushed their lead to 6 (38-32) after about four minutes of play. Alice Lloyd would continue to stay behind, as the Eagles were down 48-42 with ten minutes remaining. The second half would be similar to the first due to the fact that the team leading could not pull away. ALC would show poise and resiliency as they clawed their way back to take a 52-51 edge with 5:14 to go. IUS took their last lead at 53-52 just moments later. ALC would have the upper-hand again as the hosts took a 54-53 lead. The home team would never trail again. The Eagles would go on a 9-0 run down the stretch to put the game away.
IU Southeast would shoot 37 percent (17 for 46) from the field while connecting on only 15 percent (3 for 19) of their triples. The Grenadiers were 16 for 23 (69 percent) from the free throw line. ALC shot a 47 percent clip (24 for 51) including 23 percent (3 for 13) from three-point land. The Eagles made free throws at a 60 percent (12 for 20) rate. ALC won the rebounding battle, 35-28. IU Southeast committed 16 turnovers while ALC had 13.
Tyler Rogers was at the forefront of the Eagles (4-6, 1-0 KIAC) attack. The junior forward produced 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks. Mason Pack pitched in with 11 points and 4 rebounds while Dondre Warren generated 11 points and corralled 8 boards.
IU Southeast’s (3-5, 0-1 KIAC) Jake Simpson scored a game high 21 points.