By JACK MARTIN
In the first game post-conference tournament, the ALAH boys hosted the Lions of LSA out of Decatur. Attempting to keep their conference record perfect, the Knights started quickly with a Jamison Rocke three-point basket that was trailed by a Kaden Feagin and-one layup. The Knights scored at will early on but were unable to defend against Coby Crafton who scored LSA’s first 6 points each at the rim. Despite the Knights’ early start, the Lions took off towards the end of the quarter and shocked the Knights as they took the lead before the buzzer sounded, 18-17.
A 16-0 run that ran into the second quarter was ended when the Knights went on a run that was capped by a jump shot in the corner to take the lead. To the Knights’ dismay, Kyle Reiterman of the Lions responded immediately with a put-back layup. The game went back and forth until Wyatt Romine skied up to the rim with the clock running down. This basket made the score 30-27 going into the half for the Knights.
Jason Pealer Jr. shut the Knights’ crowd up with a game-tying three-pointer on LSA’s opening possession of the half. ALAH did manage to flip the script once again with a huge run that rose to 10 points through hard-nosed defense and fast-break layups. Making his first appearance in the game, freshman AJ Massey stormed the court and drained THREE consecutive corner three-point shots to slice the lead to a single digit. The Knights escaped the third quarter 46-41 after a scare.
ALAH did manage to pull away early on in the fourth and simply put, made the game of basketball look easy by tearing apart the LSA zone defense from the inside-out. Just when everyone thought the game was out of reach, Jason Pealer hit an unrealistically deep three-pointer to make a 7-point game. When the Lions were forced to foul, the Knights made their free throws and ran away with a 63-52 victory to stay perfect in conference play.