COVINGTON - The Alcovy Tigers almost completed a Region 4-AAAA sweep of Region 3-AAAA in the first round of the boys state basketball tournament.
Despite playing the No. 1 seed and Class AAAA No. 3 Richmond Academy, the Tigers almost pulled off the upset in a 32-28 loss.
Also unable to advance to the second round of the tournament was Region 8-AAAA's Heritage, which lost a 52-42 battle with Hillgrove.
"It was a two point difference, but they scored in the last couple of seconds," Alcovy coach Eugene Brown said.
With just over a minute left in the game, the Tigers tried to burn the clock to set up for the final play.
"We had our shot, a 3-pointer," Brown said. "It was a good shot but the ball went in but circled out."
Alcovy went in with the mind-set of keeping the high-scoring Musketeers off balance by playing defense and forcing them to play a slower-paced game.
The 32 points scored by Richmond Academy was its lowest output this season. The previous mark was 52 points against Glenn Hills. In their previous four games, the Musketeers had averaged 80.25 points.
While the pace of the game was to Brown's liking, the discrepancy in free throw shooting was not.
The Tigers went to the line one time, going 1-for-2, while Richmond Academy had 20 free-throw attempts.
"I'm not saying it was the officials' fault. We weren't going to give up easy shots without contesting them," Brown added.
Richmond Academy made 70 percent of their shots, going 14-for-20.
Without the free throws, the Tigers made more field goals and 3-point baskets.
Pacing the field with 12 points was Alcovy's Jordan Butts. Kevin Boyle added six points.
Ricardo Glenn and Christian Nobles led Richmond Academy with nine points each.
In other Region 4-AAAA games, No. 1 seed Jonesboro beat Evans 45-38, No. 2 Forest Park downed Glenn Hills 72-59 and No. 3 Stockbridge defeated Cross Creek 81-63.
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