COVINGTON — Winning has its advantages. A few players on Alcovy’s basketball teams got a chance to feel that as the all-region was recently named.
On the boys side, Alcovy’s Devon Edwards and Fayette County’s Ekene Anachebo not only made the first team in region 3-AAAA, but each is up for Player of the Year honors.
“He had a better scoring average last year, but he really had to do a lot of scoring. This year he has more guys that can put the ball in the basket. But when the game is on the line, make no mistake, that’s where we’re going. If he doesn’t have a shot, he’s going to give somebody the shot,” Alcovy head coach Eugene Brown said. “He’s playing as well as he did last year. If he didn’t get that big-time football scholarship (Duke), he would’ve gotten a basketball scholarship. He’s our leader. He brings everyone up to his level.”
Alcovy junior Michael Tucker’s play was good enough to put him on the second team list for the boys.
“Last year, he got off to a good start offensively but didn’t want to play defense and we used him less than we wanted to. But the more college coaches talked about defense, the more he worked on it. He can score from anywhere; he’s another ball handler for us. Only he could’ve done that,” said Brown.
On the girls side there was no doubt, from the way she dominated the floor, that Ashley Williams, a junior, would make the All-Region 3A-AAAA team. Making the second team for the subregion team was Meagan Tucker.
Williams, who had eight games scoring more than 20 points and has an average putting her in double-double figures, is up for Player of the Year honors. Because of the tie vote, the region coaches are having to vote again on Saturday.
“We’re excited about the contribution both of those kids made to our team. We look forward to having them lead us in the region tournament,” Alcovy girls head coach Kidada Holtzclaw said. “It’s a tribute to how hard those young ladies work.”
The Eastside boys (12-12 overall, 10-5 Region 4-AAA) stumbled in the first half as they trailed Spalding (8-16, 4-11) 41-20. But the second half was a complete turnaround as they held Spalding to 24 points while almost doubling their output, scoring 43 points for the 77-65 win on Tuesday.
The Eagles apparently listened to their coach, Gregory Freeman, in the locker room as they started the third quarter trailing by seven points to take a 60-58 lead to end the third frame.
“We came out sluggish to start the game. We did not follow our assignments on defense and shot the ball horribly all night,” Freeman said. “We did however, make adjustments at halftime — more mental than anything — and held them to 24 second-half points.”
Helping in the turnaround was Chavis Williams who had a double-double, scoring 15 points while grabbing 11 boards. Ben Miller paced the Eagles on the scoreboard with 20 points while getting six rebounds and four assists. Also getting four assists while scoring 15 points was Anthony Henderson, with Quindarious Russell scoring 12 points.
The Eagles will end their regular season play at home on Friday against Jackson with the girls game starting at 7 p.m.