Eagles Avoid Bee Sting 47-43
A. J. Flot scored six of Lexington’s last seven points against Academy, as the Eagles rallied to take an exciting 47-43 win over the Bees. Lexington had led most of the game, until Academy took the lead midway of the fourth quarter. Lexington rallied and retook the lead when Donnie Havard stole the ball and passed to Flot, who was wide open under the basket, with 1:12 left in the game, making the score 42-41 Lexington. Flot scored twice more and Havard made a free throw as the Eagles basically shut down Academy the rest of the game.
The game started off with Lexington’s quickness and hustling defense taking the show. Lexington should have scored many more points, but the turnover numbers nearly matched the steal numbers. Still Lexington had a comfortable 10-point lead at halftime.
The second half would prove to be the Eagles’ undoing, for a while. The first 5:48 of the second half saw a scoreless Lexington team. The Eagles would steal the ball and then give it right back to Academy through a bad pass, a missed shot, or a rules violation. At the end of the third, Lexington had scored only two points and led by only 2 with the score 27-25.
Academy was on a roll, and they kept going. It wasn’t long into the fourth quarter that the Bees took the lead. Lexington kept them close with the aforementioned defense. Coach Holcomb kept shuffling in players to keep the pressure on Academy, and trying to find a combination that would work. Finally Havard hit a three, then another, and a layup, to keep Academy in the Eagles’ sights. With 1: 12 left in the game, Havard’s steal and Flot’s two-foot shot put the Eagles ahead for keeps. Lexington outscored Academy 20- 18 in the final period.
The Eagle JV lost to Academy 43-25