Pippa Passes, KY: Four players hit double figures to help lift the Alice Lloyd College Eagles to a 72-59 victory over the Oakland City University Mighty Oaks. The River States Conference tilt was held on Saturday afternoon in the Perry Campus Center.
In the first half, the Eagles would ride the hot hand of junior center Colyn Sturgill to lead from the first possession. The hosts would hold a 6- 8 point cushion the majority of the way, but foul trouble would enable the Oaks to make a late run. ALC would lead 35-32 at intermission.
In the second half, the Caney Creek crew would tighten the screws on defense and hold the Indiana club to only 4 points over the opening 8:30 minutes. A powerful dunk from Eagle sophomore guard Ben Soumahoro would give Alice Lloyd a 47-36 advantage at 11:26. From that point, the Eagles would get solid contributions from senior guard Noah Young, junior forward Will Philpot, and sophomore forward Damon Tobler that permitted the Pippa Passes boys to control the outcome of the contest the remainder of the way.
For the victors (10-0, 4-0 RSC) Philpot recorded a double-double with 13 points on 6-7 shooting, and grabbed 11 rebounds. Tobler sank 5-9 shots and finished with 12 points while Sturgill provided 12 points on 6-11 field goals. He added 8 boards of his own and swatted 4 shots. Young delivered his own double-double with 10 points and 11 assists. Tobler and sophomore guard Cumecus Cates both had 2 steals. Alice Lloyd shot 48.3 % (29-60) from the floor and 10 % (1-10) from behind the arc. They finished 81.3% (13-16) from the foul line. They also gained 40 rebounds, while adding 17 assists, 5 steals, and 5 blocks.
Oakland City (1-9; 1-3 RSC) was led by JaMarcus Clark and Abdul Warie, each with 12 points. Their squad shot 41% (25-61) from the floor, and 38.5% (5-13) from behind the arc. They finished 44.4% (4-9) from the foul line, and also had 31 rebounds, 10 assists, and 5 steals.
The Eagles return to action on Tuesday, December 7th, with a non-conference tilt at the University of Campbellsville-Harrodsburg. Tipoff is set for 7:00 pm.