Alexandria defense too much for Glencoe boys


Glencoe’s Dylan Stone attempts a shot as Alexandria’s Tyrelle Gay and Dakota Kelley defend during Saturday’s game. (Photo by Dave Hyatt | Gadsden Times)


GLENCOE — Glencoe boys basketball coach Tommy Stanley said it best.

“If we can’t get it that first 75 feet, the last 25 doesn’t matter,” he said.

Alexandria used a suffocating defense to get past Glencoe 70-57 Saturday night in the Glencoe Holiday Classic.

The Valley Cubs’ 1-3-1 extended halfcourt defense and their full-court pressure proved to be the difference. Glencoe committed 33 turnovers, most of which came in the backcourt.

“I don’t like losing in anything, but playing this competition will help us in the long run,” said Stanley, whose team was coming off a 61-53 loss to Jacksonville.

The game was marred by fouls, which led to a combined 60 free throws. For the game, the teams combined for 55 fouls and 55 turnovers.

“It’s one of those things where you just have to play through some adversity, play through good calls, bad calls, no calls, and go from there,” Stanley said.

The turnovers really hurt Glencoe (7-8) early, as the Yellow Jackets committed 11 miscues in the first quarter alone and 16 in the first half. That led to a 13-0 run for the Valley Cubs (7-3) in the opening quarter to take control of the game.

Glencoe eventually trailed 19-10 at the end of the first quarter but adjusted to Alexandria’s defense enough to pull within four points on Pace Ozmint’s three-point play at the 2:20 mark of the second quarter.

Alexandria’s Tyrelle Gay then hit two straight 3-pointers to keep Glencoe at bay, and the Valley Cubs ended the first half on an 11-5 run to take a 41-29 halftime lead.

Alexandria steadily pulled away and maintained its advantage in the second half. Glencoe never got within 10 points, and the Valley Cubs led by as many as 18 at one point.

Gabe Marchal led Alexandria to the win with 16 points, while Gay had 13 points. C.J. Swink added 11 points, including a two-handed jam in the fourth quarter.

Ozmint had a game-high 18 points for the Yellow Jackets, who will play Pleasant Valley on Monday in the final game of the tourney. Dylan Stone scored 12 points and Jacob Bradley had six points.

Alexandria plays Jacksonville on Monday.