ATLANTA - For the second time in three games, Jamieson Smith has proven to be the last-second hero for Alcovy.
His latest effort came Monday with a 15-foot shot at the buzzer to give the Tigers a 43-42 win over McNair at Philips Arena.
McNair (3-6) took the lead after sinking one of two free throws with 4.9 seconds left in the game.
After Smith got the inbounds pass, he maneuvered his way to his spot, sinking the basket with the buzzer.
"That was a designed play. He came off a double screen and they gave it to him a little higher than he was supposed to get it, but he kept his composure and got that shot down in his range," Alcovy boys coach Eugene Brown said. "It's true, that's the second time he's done that with the game on the line. We'd be in bad shape if he wasn't there doing what he's doing, giving us a chance to win."
Although Smith hit the winning basket, Worrell Clahar kept the Tigers (3-3) in the game with 18 points.
Brad Williams was Alcovy's second leading scorer with nine points followed by Smith with eight.
With Clahar having the hot hand, Brown felt McNair would cover the Tigers' standout guard - so he went with Smith.
"We figured they'd be doubling him (Worrell), so we tried to use Jamieson who's already hit a shot like that. Either one would have been fine," Brown said. "If Worrell would have got clean, we would have given it to him. He kept us in the game for the most part. We just tried to help him out in that situation."
Alcovy took the lead early in the opening period but lost it 1:37 on the clock. Smith tied the game at 12, giving Williams the chance to get the lead back before the second quarter as the Tigers led 17-12.
The Mustangs were able to cut into Alcovy's lead prior to halftime. But the Tigers managed to hold off the Mustangs, as Alcovy headed into the locker room leading 28-27.
Alcovy struggled in the third period, which cost them their lead on a Jeremiah Robertson 3-pointer.
The Tigers trailed 36-35 to end the third frame but got the lead back to start the fourth on a Keenan Black put back.
McNair 40, Alcovy 16
The Lady Mustangs (2-6) were consistent through the first three quarters, only scoring eight points per period.
The problem for the Lady Tigers (0-6) was poor shooting. Alcovy was unable to make free throws as well as routine layups, losing 40-16 to McNair.
During one possession in the first quarter, the Lady Tigers grab five offensive rebounds but were unable to convert any of the opportunities.
In the first half, Alcovy was 2 of 10 from the free throw line and entered the fourth at 3 of 14.
Turnovers also were a problem for the Lady Tigers as they lost the ball 26 times.
The one thing that the Lady Tigers did well was rebounding. Tiffany Moody paced the Lady Tigers with 16 of their 37 rebounds. She also led Alcovy on the board with seven points followed by Alex Tucker with five.
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