The Alexander Cougars boys basketball team traveled to Allatoona High School Tuesday evening for a Region 5-AAAAA game. Alexander took a lead late in the game against the Buccaneers but fell, 63.57.

The Cougars trailed 13-8 after the first quarter and 34-21 at the half. They were down 46-38 at the end of the third but made a comeback in the final eight minutes, taking a leading with 1:06 remaining in the game.

Alexander had possession but missed two shots, and allowed Allatoona to get the defensive rebound. The Bucs came down the court and sent the ball out to a player who was taking his first shot of the game. The player hit a 3-pointer, giving Allatoona a two point advantage. Alexander was forced to foul and the Bucs iced the game from the free throw line.

“We played terrible in the first half. We had no energy defensively and could not hit a shot on offense. It was like because we could not score, we decided not to defend,” said Alexander coach Jason Slate. “We played much better in the second half defensively and that seemed to give our offense energy. We put ourselves in position to win but we have to be smarter and understand time scoring possession.”

“We let a golden opportunity get by us,” Slate added. “We had a chance to go 3-0 in the region with all three games on the road and we let one get away. It is a game we should have won, especially after fighting back to take the lead.”

Mikell Lands-Davis and Artavius Love led the game with 14 points each. Isaac Zico followed with 11.

The Cougars will be back in action on Friday when they travel to Whitfield Academy for a basketball showcase. Alexander will face Douglas High School (Memphis, Tennessee) at 7:30 p.m. The Cougars, along with the Lady Cougars, will travel to Lithia Springs on Saturday for a pair of region games. Girls will start around 6 p.m. and the boys will follow.

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