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Alcovy boys edge Loganville with last-second shot

COVINGTON - Jamieson Smith's shot with 4.3 seconds left in the game put Alcovy in the clear for good, giving the Tigers a 39-38 win over Loganville on Friday night.

The Alcovy girls were not as fortunate as they had more turnovers than points in their 46-27 loss to the Lady Red Devils.

The Tigers hit three 3-point baskets in the fourth period to help eliminate a five-point deficit. Making the all important treys were Kevin Boyle, Brad Williams and Smith.

Alcovy tied the game at 36-36 with less than two minutes left. Loganville kept the lead scoring a basket while the Tigers hit one free throw with one minute left.

Loganville was trying to wind down the clock and set up a possible final shot but ended up giving up the ball on a three-second violation, giving the Tigers the ball back with 51 seconds.

Alcovy called timeout with 36 seconds before Smith made the game-winning shot.

Earlier in the game, Alcovy led 12-2 late in the first quarter. However, all that changed when Loganville outscored the Tigers 8-0 through the start of the second quarter. The Tigers sank two more baskets to extend their lead 16-11, but Loganville finished the first half scoring the final seven points to take an 18-16 halftime lead.

Worrel Clahar tied the game at 21 early in the third period before Loganville denied Alcovy's charge to take over the lead, scoring the next six points.

Alcovy closed the gap to 28-25 to end the third with Clahar scoring all of Alcovy's third-quarter points. He finished the night with 15 points.

In the girls game, the Lady Tigers' Tiffany Moody made one of two free throws to cut Loganville's lead 2-1. That was the last time Alcovy scored until Moody again split her free throw shots to make it 17-2 in the second period.

Alcovy made it 17-4 with 3:50 left in the half when Shakira Stroud made the first basket for the Lady Tigers.

Although Alcovy kept the per-quarter score reasonable, they were unable to overcome the damage done by turnovers.

In the first frame, the Lady Tigers scored one point while turning the ball over nine times.

By the end of the night, the Lady Tigers scored 27 points to go along with 30 turnovers.

"That's a problem," Alcovy girls coach Suzanne Smith said. "It's something that we've looked at every game. They know it's something they have to work on. Catching the ball was the biggest thing today."

Moody led the Lady Tigers with 11 points and 12 rebounds while Loganville's Erin Turner led all scorers with 15 points.

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.