Pippa Passes: The Alice Lloyd Eagles closed the game on an impressive 18-7 run to earn a huge KIAC victory over the Rio Grande University Red Storm 73-57 last night. With the win, Alice Lloyd maintains a lead over Cincinnati Christian for first place in the division.
In the opening half, the visitors took a quick 5-0 lead and maintained it until Eagle senior Tyler Rogers sank a hoop at 14:51 to give the hosts a 9-8 edge at 14:41.
Over the next 5 minutes, ALC would go on a 13-6 run, culminated by a Mason Pack trifecta, and lead 22-14 with 9:45 showing.
The Red Storm would battle back, as they closed the half on a 17-8 spurt of their own to take a 31-30 lead at intermission. The Eagles were fortunate to trail by just 1 as they shot only 33% compared to RGU’s 42%.
In the second half, the visitors would lead most of the time until ALC guard Austin Crisp sank a shot to give the home club a two point advantage, 48-46, with 6:33 remaining.
Rio was still in striking distance at 55-50 with 2:51 remaining until Alice Lloyds Rogers drained a big three point dagger and was knocked down on the shot. His four point play suddenly made the score 59-50.
From that point, the hosts would close out the game on a 14-7 run to wrap up the convincing victory.
Alice Lloyd (14-10; 10-4 KIAC) was led by the sophomore Crisp, who played a solid game to finish with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. He was followed by senior Cody Stumbo, who played his typical steady game, tossing in 16 points and pulling down 6 rebounds.
Freshman Ryan House contributed big with 11 points and 4 assists while Deondre Warren chipped in with a solid 9 points while registering game-highs with 11 rebounds and 5 assists.
Rogers boosted the club as well with 8 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 blocks.
Offensively, the Eagles raised their shooting percentage to 37% while the Red Storm dropped to 32.4%. The hosts also won the battle of the boards, 50-41.
Rio Grande (16-11; 6-7 KIAC) was led by Kevonta Black with 17 points.