Leopards Delay Takeoff, but Aviators Soar 69-49

Alliance at Louisville Boys Basketball 12-16-2011

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Alliance 69, Louisville 49

The Alliance Aviators used a 16-0 run into and out of halftime to pull ahead of the Leopards and eventually take the game 69-49.  Cody Cheezan led Louisville with 15 points and Mike Kelly also added 8 for the Leps who fell to 0-4 on the season.

Both teams exchanged scoring runs to start the contest.  The Leopards led 9-2, before Alliance took their first lead at 13-11.  Kelly scored all of his points in the first quarter, which included the opening basket and 2 three-pointers.  He would be plagued by injury later on in the half which kept him out for most of the remainder of the game.

Alliance also found success from beyond the arch nailing 3 of their 5 makes from downtown in the first quarter.  Hitting triples were: Sam Cundiff, JJ Kukura, and Vern Martin.  Martin and Kukura would lead the Aviators by combining for 38 points on the evening.


Trailing only 18-16 to the undefeated Aviators after a single period, the Leopards continued to battle deep into the second quarter.  A bucket by Trevor Meredith with 2:25 remaining in the half cut the Alliance lead to 29-26.  Then the lid came off and the Aviators poured out a 10-0 run capped off by a Vern Martin dunk that also drew a foul.  Alliance also received 9 points in the quarter from Parrish Martin, who finished the evening with 16.  The Aviators led 39-26 at the break.

The Aviators unofficially shot 44% in the second half and outscored the Leps 30-23 to close the game.  Eight turnovers and shooting 6 of 16 from the charity stride in the second half plagued the Leopards chances of a comeback.  Luckily Leopard Nation has a chance to erase this game from memory quickly as the NBC’s best team over the last three years will host Akron North tomorrow night at LHS.



STATISTICS

AVIATORS: V. Martin 9 1-1 20, Kukura 7 2-3 18, P. Martin 6 3-5 16, Mays 3 1-2 7, Phillips 2 1-1 5, Cundiff 1 0-0 3, Scott 0 0-1 0.  TOTALS 28 8-13 69.

TEAM FG: 28-54 52%

TEAM 3PT: 5-21 24%

TEAM FT: 8-13 62%

LEOPARDS: Cheezan 7 1-2 15, Kelly 3 0-0 8, Meredith 3 0-1 6, Duckworth 1 3-4 5, Lairson 2 0-1 4, Schooley 1 2-6 4, O’brien 1 0-0 3, Carter 1 0-0 2, Hollifield 1 0-0 2, McQuilkin 0 0-2 0.  TOTALS 20 6-16 49.

TEAM FG: 20-53 38%

TEAM 3PT: 3-10 30% | Kelly (2), O’brien (1)

TEAM FT: 6-16 38%

Team 1-2-3-4-Total

Alliance 18-21-13-17–69

Louisville 16-10-10-13–49

Fouls: Alliance 17-16

Turnovers: Louisville 14-13

Records: Alliance 5-0, 2-0; Louisville 0-4, 0-2

NEXT UP: The Leopards will host the Akron North Vikings in less than 24 hours on Saturday, December 17.  JV will tip at 6:00 PM and Varsity will follow at approximately 7:30 PM.

 

PICTURES

JV REPORT

Louisville 55, Alliance 46

Louisville built a 33-19 halftime lead before withstanding a ferocious Aviator second half comeback.  Alliance opened the second half by trimming the lead to 39-35 before Louisville eventually won the game shooting 17 of 27 from the line.

Joey Duckworth led all Louisville scorers with 17 points, Kyle Bast added 10, and Andy Minster also scored 7.  Alliance’s offensive production came mainly from D’Quan Hawkins who hit 3 three-pointers and led the Aviators with 16 points.

JV PICTURES

JV STATISTICS

AVIATORS: Hawkins 6 1-1 16, Dowdell 3 1-5 8, Thomas 4 0-0 8, Dickson 3 0-0 7, Bevington 1 1-1 3, Marques Williams 1 0-0 2, Young 1 0-0 2, Marcus Williams 0 0-1 0.  TOTALS 19 3-8 46.

3PT (5): Hawkins (3), Dickson (1), Dowdell (1)

TEAM FT: 3-8 38%

LEOPARDS: Duckworth 6 5-8 17, Bast 2 6-8 10, Andy Minster 3 0-0 7, Hollifield 1 3-7 5, AJ Minster 2 1-2 5, Parks 2 0-0 5, Hoover 2 0-0 4, Carter 0 2-2 2.  TOTALS 18 17-27 55.

3PT (2): Andy Minster (1), Parks (1)

TEAM FT: 17-27 63%

Team 1-2-3-4–Total

Alliance 10-9-16-11–46

Louisville 15-18-12-10–55

Fouls: Alliance 23-14

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