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Sprinting to the finish

Alexandria takes down host Glencoe, sets up championship game matchup with Ohatchee

Alexandria's Caleb Young (24) drives to the basket against Glencoe. (Photo by Jason Katz)

Alexandria’s Caleb Young (24) drives to the basket against Glencoe. (Photo by Jason Katz)

By Jason Katz
For East Alabama Sports Today

GLENCOE — Intensity was in no shortage for the Alexandria Valley Cubs Tuesday night as they took the final steps towards the championship game in the Glencoe Holiday Shootout.

Or maybe it was a leap.

The Valley Cubs (7-2) didn’t let off from start to finish as they thumped the host Glencoe Yellow Jackets 72-58. They’ll play Ohatchee for the title Wednesday at 7:30.

“They were a tough team tonight,” Alexandria coach Jason Johnson said of the Yellow Jackets. “They are always a tough team to face, especially at their place.”

Alexandria once again implemented its platoon system, which had great success tonight against a much slower Glencoe team. The Cubs rotated their two squads eight times with points spread all over.

Nine players scored in the game.

“We are still trying to figure out our best combination with different players,” Johnson said. “They all play hard in practice and they all have a different skill to bring to the table and not a lot of teams can compete with that. We try to find the groups that work well together and right now I think we have a nice match.”

Marcus Swink had 12 points – eight in the first half — and seven rebounds to lead the Cubs in scoring.

“I am very excited for this (championship) game,” Swink said. “I think we have a good chance against Ohatchee. It should be a hard fought matchup between two good teams.”

Sophomore Dalton Dodd and Caleb Young both had nine points, while Gerald Murphy, Jamal Tucker, Jordan Romine and Luke Tucker all had eight.

“We still aren’t in shape and don’t quite have our basketball legs yet,” Johnson said. “Working all these guys in has really allowed us to be successful. Competition breeds success and allows us to put the best product on the court every night.”

Alexandria 72, Glencoe 58

ALEXANDRIA (7-2) — Riley Shaw 0 0-0 0, Austin Taylor 1 0-0 3, A.J. Martin 1 4-6 6, Dalton Dodd 4 0-1 9, Gerald Murphy 4 0-0 8, Jamal Tucker 4 0-0 8, Jordan Romine 4 0-2 8, Caleb Young 4 1-1 9, Marcus Swink 6 1-1 13, Luke Tucker 4 0-2 8. Totals 32 6-13 72.

GLENCOE — Aaron Bush 4 3-4 14, Jacob Bradley 2 1-3 5, Pace Ozmint 2 6-6 11, Justin Barkley 2 0-0 4, Sam Holbrooks 3 2-2 8, Craig Barkley 0 0-0 0, Dalton Roberts 1 0-0 2, Paul Hicks 0 0-0 0, Jeffrey Ford 4 6-7 14. Totals 18 18-22 58.

Alexandria 20 21 16 15 — 72
Glencoe 11 18 10 19 — 58

3-point goals: Alexandria 2 (Taylor, Dodd); Glencoe 4 (Bush 3, Ozmint). Total fouls: Alexandria 25, Glencoe 14. Officials: Oden, Stephens, Strong

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