COVINGTON, Ga. - In a game filled with show-stopping dunks and authoritative blocks, the Alcovy Tigers prevailed over the Lamar County Trojans 90-47 on Friday night.
The Tigers were in complete control from the get-go as their pestering press made it tough for the Trojans to even move the ball past half court at times. Head coach Mack Hardwick said different types of press defenses are something they have been working on for quite some time now, and he's proud to see his guys executing.
"It's been something we've been trying to build for the last three to four years, especially with the pressing," Hardwick said. "Now, we're switching up to different presses to give other teams different looks, so to see them maturate to the point where they understand exactly where to be to get in the passing lane."
Despite the Tigers putting up almost 100 points on the night, it was a very balanced effort from the team with not one scorer standing far above the others. Hardwick has always stated that he loves seeing multiple guys involved, and he definitely had that in this game.
The Tigers had four guys in double digits with Jamal Donahue finishing with 15 points, Oliver Gerard finishing with 13 points, and Trevon Howze finishing with 11 points. The fourth member of this group was Dylan Driver, who had an outstanding night.
Driver had a breakout night for the Tigers as he led the team in scoring with 18 points. Driver was seamlessly unstoppable on the boards and did an excellent job of corralling rebounds and earning second-chance opportunities, which more often times than not led to points.
Hardwick was happy to see Driver get going, and it felt like the Tigers head coach knew that Driver was capable of this type of performance, and it was only a matter of time before he showed out as he did.
"It's amazing because I didn't even know he led us in scoring because he is so good and really talented," Hardwick said. "In my opinion, it's been all mental for him, so hopefully this game gets him jumpstarted for the rest of the season."
The Tigers had multiple show-stopping plays, including a 360-degree dunk by Oliver Gerard, a dunk by Justin Evans, who finished with 9 points, and a through the legs assist off the backboard from Jamal Donahue to Oliver Gerard who slammed it home with authority.
Hardwick said he loves seeing these types of plays as it puts Alcovy on the map and makes people know that there is a quality product worth seeing at Alcovy.
This is definitely true as this Tigers team has shown out all season long and has proved to be an exciting team night-in and night-out.
Their next game comes away from Alcovy high school, and it's against Bethlehem Christian Academy on Saturday, Nov.23.