PIPPA PASSES - The Alice Lloyd College men’s basketball team opened its latest season on Saturday against the Union College Bulldogs. It was a close affair for most of the contest, but Alice Lloyd was able to pull away from the visiting team late to win 84-77 at the Grady Nutt Athletic Center.
The Eagles were able to get into the bonus six minutes into the first half. Tyler Rogers led the Eagles to an early lead. However, it was Union’s ability to be persistent that kept the Bulldogs within striking distance. The Eagles biggest lead in the first half was 11, 34-23, with around six minutes remaining. The visiting team made a 15-7 run to cut ALC’s lead down to a 41-38 advantage at halftime.
In the second stanza, it was a seesaw battle between the two teams as neither could seize control of the game. The lead changed hands a few times after intermission before ALC was able to take it back for good in the latter part of the second half. The Eagles were able to get Union into foul trouble, which played a huge role in Alice Lloyd prevailing. Only in the last couple of minutes were the Eagles able to build on their advantage and pull away from the Bulldogs.
ALC’s Rogers flirted with a triple-double. The sophomore had 31 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks for the Eagles. Cody Malicoat, a transfer from Pikeville, gave the Eagles some valuable minutes, finishing with 15 points and five rebounds. Isaac Wilson delivered assists for the Eagles.
Union’s big man, Deante Johnson, was the team’s leading scorer with 14 points.