FAYETTEVILLE -- Double-digit scoring by juniors Michael Tucker and Justin Wallace and senior Devon Edwards provided Alcovy enough offense to win the Region 3-AAAA basketball championship 73-60 over Fayette County at home on Saturday.
Tucker led the scoring with 15 points, followed by Edwards with 14 and Wallace with 10.
Alcovy started the game playing strong and fast, holding the home team to under 10 points. The Tigers, behind Wallace who had eight points and Tucker who had five points in the first period, opened up a 22-7 lead.
However, that fast play did come at a cost as Wallace was in foul trouble with three fouls in the first half. Four other players, Devin Gerald, Dairmid Williams, Tucker and Edwards, each had two fouls. Because of the fouls, Alcovy cut back, allowing Fayette County to close Alcovy's advantage to 33-27 at the half.
Alcovy could have put the game out of reach if not for turnovers and mistakes. Despite Alcovy's stumbling, Fayette County was unable to get closer than the five-point margin held at halftime.
After Alcovy got the lead back to double digits, 50-40 with 2:51 left in the period, Fayette County came back to make it 50-46 before Alcovy ended the third by scoring the final four points.
Alcovy was able to wear down Fayette County, which was using a lot of energy trying to pressure and steal the ball, in the final period to win the region championship.Boys Region 4-AAA consolationAfter losing to PrepCounty/GACA Class AAA Drew 54-47 in the semifinals, Eastside came back strong to defeat Henry County 69-64 in the seeding game on Saturday to take the No 3 seed.
"Ben Miller made Henry County pay for not being in pristine condition," said Eastside head coach Gregory Freeman. "He played the game of his life and he had plenty of help inside."
Senior Elijah Ward came off the bench and played with passion, scoring 14 points.
Sophomore Anthony Henderson set the pace for Eastside's offense with 17 points followed by junior Quindarious Russell with 16 points and Miller, a senior, with 14 points.
"Ben played possessed basketball, they all did after I explained the importance of heading into the state playoffs playing your best basketball," Freeman said.
The Eagles head to Augusta to play Westside on Saturday.