The Alexander boys traveled to Sandy Creek on Saturday to play Northside in a one day basketball showcase. The Cougars fell down early in the game, but managed to make a comeback late to tie it in the fourth period. However, Northside would win, 64-58, thanks to a strange official call.
Northside took a 17-10 lead in the first period and led 34-24 at the break. Alexander fought back in the third period, cutting the deficit to three at 50-47.
In the fourth period, AHS made a strong push late, tying the game. After Northside went up by two, a strange call ensued.
“We were in a situation where we had the ball coming down the floor, down by two, and one of the ref’s calls a foul against them,” said AHS coach Jason Slate. “We are going to the line and another ref comes from the side and calls a technical on us. If that is the case then we should have gotten the two free throws to tie the game and then the tech, but we did not get the free throws and they got the two technicals and got the ball back and we had to foul.”
The calls ended any attempts of AHS getting back into the game as Northside hit shots from the line to close out the period.
“If we were able to get over that hump and take a lead, I thought our chances would have been good to win the game,” Slate said. “We were just not able to do that.”
Mikell Lands-Davis had an outstanding game despite seeing limited practice time on the basketball court do to football. He led the team with 18 points.
“He had not picked up a basketball in five months and he comes out and plays the way he did,” Slate said. “It was very impressive.”
Artavius Love followed with nine points in limited action due to foul trouble.
“Most of the team was in foul trouble,” Slate said. “We got down by 16 and battled back, and I am proud of that.”