by Gary Stepp
The Alice Lloyd Eagles saw their season come to an end at the hands of the Indiana University East Red Wolves last night, 100-67. The tournament matchup took place in Richmond, Indiana.
The Eagles knew they would need to bring their “A” game if they had any hopes of upsetting the top seed in the conference. Encouragingly, ALC had faced the nation’s 19th ranked squad January 25th in Richmond and played well, before falling to a buzzer beater, 75-76.
In the first half, ALC was determined to get a measure of revenge, as lanky forward Tyler Rogers opened the scoring with a bucket. The Eagles played composed and kept the lead until the 10:52 mark of the half when Red Wolves guard Vasha Davis knotted the contest at 16.
Unfortunately, East was determined not to have a repeat of the first matchup, and refused to permit this contest to come down once again to a final play. Over the next five minutes, sparked by 9 points from their leading scorer Tyler Fangman, they went on a 21-7 blitz to sprint ahead, 37-23.
The Red Wolves didn’t stop there. Riding the strength of 55% field goal shooting and 12 forced turnovers, IUE would take a 50-28 lead into the locker room at intermission.
In the second half, the home clubs Lucas Huffman would score 7 quick points to help dash any hopes of a miraculous comeback by the visitors. His quick flurry extended the lead to 26 (58-32) with 16:46 remaining and Alice Lloyd would get no closer than 19 points the remainder of the way.
For ALC (12-17), Cody Stumbo and Trevor Tiller tied for team scoring honors, each with 16 points. Dondre Warren added 13 points and led the club with 3 assists, while Rogers contributed 10 points and swatted 8 shots. Stumbo and Warren each pulled down 6 rebounds.
For the Red Wolves (24-7), Fangman and Huffman paved the way, each with 20 points.
On the night, Alice Lloyd shot 44.3% (27-61) from the field including just 15% (3-20) from long range, and 57.8% (10-17) from the charity stripe. They also had 29 rebounds, 8 assists, and 18 turnovers.
IUE shot a solid 51.9% (41-79) from the field, including 47.4% (9-19) from long range, and was 64.3% (14-19) from the charity stripe. Critically, they also had 46 rebounds and 26 assists, while committing 13 turnovers.