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Posted: January 15, 2014 4:30 p.m.

Lions roar past Alcovy

The Alcovy Tigers boys varsity basketball team dropped its 11th consecutive game Tuesday night, falling 82-45 to Luella in Region 2-AAAAAA action on the road.

The Tigers surrendered 29 second-half points to the Lions, while managing just nine points in the fourth quarter.

Jordan Heron led the Tigers with 20 points, but was the only Alcovy player to score in double figures in the 37-point loss.

“They played with energy and they played with 100 percent effort,” Alcovy interim coach Eric Hollier said. “Considering we were undersized, we played with a lot of heart and they played well minus a few turnovers here and there.”

The Tigers enter their fourth game Friday night without coach Jabari Levi, who has taken “personal time” away from the program.

“I’m just coming into the fold, but we’re trying to fix some disciplines issues,” Hollier said. “I believe the message has been received. Our players who played against Luella responded to the opportunity that they were given.”

Luella outscored the Tigers 24-11 in the opening quarter before pouring on 29 points in the second period. The Lions carried a 53-23 lead into halftime, but the Tigers played even with Luella in much of the second half.

Glendell Hodge finished with nine points for the Tigers, while Greg Perry scored eight in the losing effort.

Hollier said he hopes to see a better defensive effort from the Tigers Friday night when they host Druid Hills.

Alcovy defeated the Red Devils 75-73 earlier this season.

“On Friday night, I hope to see our defense pick it up a notch and see a drop in our turnovers,” Hollier said. “We have to value the basketball and communicate better as a team.”

Game time is set for 6 p.m.

The Lady Tigers fell in their road contest at Luella, 61-50.

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