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Alcovy squads drop two at home to Griffin

COVINGTON - Troubles continue for both Alcovy basketball squads after being swept by visiting Griffin on Tuesday night.

The Alcovy boys, who fell to Griffin 50-49, have lost four of their last six Region 4-AAAA games, while the Alcovy girls are on a 12-game losing streak after dropping a 39-21 decision to the Lady Bears.

Fouls, turnovers and lack of free-throw shooting plagued the Alcovy boys (11-11 overall, 7-7 in 4-AAAA) in their loss.

Griffin (9-11, 6-7) took 40 shots from the line while turning the ball over 21 times.

"Most of those were unforced turnovers by the guys that we count on to handle the basketball," Alcovy coach Eugene Brown said. "We're not playing disciplined defense right now. That what it's boiling down to. Guys are reaching instead of moving their feet, they're not holding their position every time they get the charge call, We're not boxing out like we should be. We're just in a funk."

When the Tigers were shooting free throws, they only made 56 percent of their attempts (19 of 34).

"That was pretty much the game. If we had made some free throws in the first half, we probably could've put it away," Brown said. "But we let them hang around and they got that little stuff at the end of the half and they game back to get us."

Alcovy controlled the Bears early in the game, going on a 10-0 run to end the first period with a 17-6 lead.

The Tigers continued to play a little better than Griffin until the final 90 seconds of the half.

With Griffin trailing, the Bears finished the opening half strong closing the gap to 25-23, including a half-court shot by Mereidth Beck at the buzzer.

Alcovy could have had a bigger lead, but only made 10 of its 20 free-throw chances.

As the teams headed into the final quarter with the score tied at 37, Griffin made a push to separate itself by taking a 43-39 lead.

The Bears extended their lead to 49-42 before Alcovy started its comeback. The Tigers had several chances to win the game, stealing the inbound pass twice within a 30-second span.

The first time was by Devon Edwards. Nick Wilson stole the second inbound pass with 22 seconds left to play.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, nobody was willing to take the shot before turning the ball over with three seconds left.

"A few guys had open looks and it looked like they didn't want to take the shot. That certainly wasn't our intention, for them not to shoot," Brown said. "There were plenty of times we had open looks with nobody within 10 to 12 feet, but guys didn't want to pull the trigger. We did emphasize to get the ball inside, but we didn't tell anybody not to shoot open jump shots."

Edwards, a freshman, led the Tigers with 11 points, followed by Brad Williams with 10.

In the girls game, 14 first-half turnovers kept the Lady Tigers (3-19, 1-13) away from the basket almost as much as Griffin's (10-6, 9-4) defense.

Alex Tucker, who paced the Lady Tigers with eight points, scored all of Alcovy's first quarter points as they fell behind 12-5.

After scoring three points in the second quarter, all from free throws, Alcovy went into the locker room trailing 20-8.

The Lady Tigers started the second half by shutting down Griffin, holding the Lady Bears to five points.

However, they were only able to score five themselves.

"I thought we put forth a very poor effort in taking care of the ball and executing on offense," Alcovy coach Kidada Holtzclaw said. "We didn't get the help defense we needed to stop their scoring in the post. We went to our zone defense to force their guards to shoot from the perimeter, which slowed down their scoring a little in the third quarter. However, Griffin's offensive rebounds and putbacks continued to hurt us in the paint."

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