In the first half, the home club came out strong and sprinted to a 14-0 lead with 14:10 showing. The game looked to be over in the first six minutes.
Fortunately, the Eagles tightened up on the defensive end and fine-tuned their offense. They would then go on a nice 22-5 blitz over the next seven minutes and take their first lead (22-21) on junior guard Chandler Stewart’s steal and layup at 7:20.
Bolstered by their improved play, and red-hot shooting from sophomore guard Jared Strickland, the visitors would close the half with a 13-4 run to take a 35-25 advantage at intermission.
In the second half, the Pippa Passes crew continued to control the game. When sophomore Noah Caudill scored on a strong post move at 13:01, the lead reached its zenith (46-31).
The host club is a solid team and they refused to give up. Although they fought back, they were never able to have the ball with an opportunity to regain the lead. Carolina got as close as 65-62 with just .05 remaining, but Stewart’s two charity tosses slammed the door shut on the nice victory.
For ALC (3-0), they produced a balanced attack. They were led on the night by Strickland with 16 points. He was followed by junior forward Will Philpot with 10 points. Stewart, Caudill, and sophomore forward Damon Tobler each chipped in with 8 points. Stewart led the squad with 3 assists and 2 steals while Tobler also grabbed 8 rebounds.
Alice Lloyd connected on 45.5% (25-55) from the field, and 22.2% (4-18) from long range. From the charity line, they sank 59.1% (13-22). Additionally, they registered 31 rebounds, 3 steals, and 10 assists.
The Bruins (3-2) were led by Kester Ofoegbu with 21 points and 10 rebounds. His club connected on 46.2% (24-52) from the field and 19% (4-21) from long range. From the foul line, they shot 46.2% (12-26). They also had 30 rebounds, 6 steals, and 13 assists.
The Eagles return back to action on Tuesday, November 10th when they play host to Boyce College at 7pm