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Donoho gets first W

UPDATED: Hagan’s bucket at the buzzer caps furious fourth-quarter rally that lifts Falcons to their first win of the season

By East Alabama Sports Today

Donoho picked up its first win of the season in a most dramatic and memorable way.

Ross Hagan’s layup from under the basket at the buzzer capped a furious fourth-quarter comeback that lifted the Falcons past Munford 40-38.

The Falcons trailed by 11 entering the fourth quarter and held the Lions to one field goal, outscoring them 20-7.

Jacob Lecroy scored 10 of his game-high 14 points in the fourth, going 5-for-8 from the foul line. Harrison Hughston drained two of his three 3-pointers and Hagan scored four, including capping off some nifty ball movement with the game-winning bucket.

“This win was huge for our confidence,” Donoho coach Alex Mastin said. “We’re trying to take steps to build our program. We are miles ahead of where we were last year, but it hasn’t shown up in the win-loss record.

“After having three close games that we lost, winning one this way is exactly what we needed. Now the boys know that they are capable of winning close games like this.”

The Falcons jumped out to a 10-5 first-quarter lead after what Mastin said may have been their best defensive quarter of the year. Ball security hurt them in the second quarter and they fell behind by one at the break. They got the shots they wanted in the third quarter, but the basket was closed and they fell behind 31-20.

John Hutto’s defense helped bring them back in the fourth. The game was tied with 13 seconds to play when Mastin called time to set up a final play for Lecroy. The Lions sealed that option, but Lecroy was able to find Hagan for the game-winner.

“What is special about this team is its unselfishness,” Mastin said. “I have no doubt that they will make the correct basketball play and that’s Jacob did. He caught it on the wing and drove, but a help side defender came in and he dumped it off for the win. That’s exactly how we teach it every single day.”

Donoho 40, Munford 38

MUNFORD – Kedrick Brown 1 0-0 2, LaRaie Ball 2 2-2 7, Avery Reeves 2 1-2 6, Jaylen Best 0 0-2 0, Mahijah Smith 3 0-0 9, Kyndarius Parker 0 0-0 0, Mikah Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Nick Patton 1 1-2 3, Trey Lynch 3 1-3 7, Nicolas Hudgins 1 2-2 4. Totals 13 7-13 38.

DONOHO – Jack Svensen 1 0-0 3, Garrett Steed 0 0-0 0, Jacob Lecroy 4 5-9 14, Mateen Ibrahim 0 0-1 1, Harrison Hughston 3 0-0 9, Ross Hagan 2 0-0 4, Saad Ibrahim 3 0-0 8, Wilson Russell 0 0-0 0, Will Nelson 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 5-10 40.

Munford 5 12 14 7 — 38
Donoho 10 6 4 20 — 40

3-point goals: Munford 5 (Smith 3, Reeves, Ball); Donoho 7 (Svensen, Lecroy, Harrison 3, S. Ibrahim 2). Technical fouls: Reeves. Total fouls: Munford 17, Donoho 9.

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