Alcovy teams get new life in tourney

COVINGTON - Both Alcovy basketball teams have to put the regular season behind them and start the Region 4-AAAA tournament with a new attitude.

The Lady Tigers (4-21, 2-14) are the first to try to advance to the Class AAAA playoffs playing at Ola (4-21, 2-14) at 6 p.m. today in a play-in game.

Alcovy split the regular season matchup with the Lady Mustangs, losing the final meeting by one point.

Neither team finished the regular season strong. The Lady Tigers lost their last 14 games, while the Lady Mustangs lost 15 of their last 17.

Alcovy's last win was a 58-45 victory over Athens Christian on Dec. 30.

The winner of tonight's game will play again at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday against No. 1 seed Jonesboro at Stockbridge.

Besides being the No. 1 seed in the region and going 16-0 in region play, the Lady Cardinals are also the No. 3 team in Class AAAA according to the Georgia Coaches Association poll.

In the opening game for the boys, 4 p.m. Monday at Stockbridge, the No. 5 seed Tigers (12-13, 8-8) will go head-to-head with No. 4 seed North Clayton Eagles (15-10, 9-7).

Alcovy started the season 10-3 before having two wins taken away because of administrative paper work.

Although the Tigers did not finish the regular season strong, losing seven of their last nine games, they did win their final game.

Alcovy stopped a four-game losing streak with a 51-42 win over Ola.

They will have to use that momentum if they are to neutralize the Eagles, who won five games in a six-game stretch.

However, they finished the regular season losing their last two games.

In the regular season, Alcovy beat North Clayton both times they met.

The Tigers won their first meeting 62-59 at North Clayton before sweeping the series with a 62-50 victory at home.

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