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Alvord overcomes sloppy start to knock off Prairie Valley, stay unbeaten

By Reece Waddell | Published Tuesday, December 4, 2018.
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Alvord overcame a sloppy start Tuesday night, using a 12-2 third-quarter run to sprint past Prairie Valley 72-57.

The Bulldogs committed more than 10 first half turnovers and failed to capitalize on several chances around the rim. Prairie Valley hung around as a result, only trailing by eight at halftime.

“We were a little out of control,” said Alvord coach Aaron Tefertiller. “We missed a lot of shots right underneath the basket, which is frustrating. It felt like we weren’t making our free throws, but we shot 70 percent as a team, which is what we strive for. Mainly, it was just making easy shots that should have been ours — layups, put-backs, that sort of deal.”

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

Alvord opened the game 1-of-6 from the field before mounting an 11-2 run to force a Prairie Valley timeout. Junior guard Jayton Malone knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing and sophomore Hunter Richey added a dunk in transition.

Richey led the Bulldogs with a team-high 18.

“He’s been playing really well,” Tefertiller said. “He had a really strong tournament at Saint Jo. He’s seeing the floor a little bit better and can handle the ball a little bit better. He’s being really aggressive getting to the rim, and that’s been the biggest thing.”

Prairie Valley cut Alvord’s lead just before the intermission, as senior William Winkler buried a trailing 3-pointer off a turnover.

But Alvord went on its second lengthy run of the night to begin the second half, regaining its double-digit lead at 43-25. Richey said the Bulldogs regrouped at halftime.

“We just talked through it and settled down. We were really forcing stuff. “

Malone finished with 16 and knocked down three treys. Eli Tefertiller poured in nine and Treyson Chambers chipped in seven points.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

The win moved the Bulldogs to 7-0 on the season.

Coach Tefertiller was quick to credit his new assistant coach, Todd McCormick, for aiding in Alvord’s hot start. The seasoned coach spent six years as the head coach at Slidell before resigning in 2017.

In 17 seasons as a head coach at Slidell, Paradise and Anna, McCormick won 351 games.

“Coach McCormick is a big part of it,” Coach Tefertiller said. “We’re doing a lot of his offense stuff. He’s kind of our offensive coordinator. He’s been a big asset, and I knew coming here he would. I knew what he did at Slidell and playing against him, that he could add a little pop with these guys —and he has.

“It’s good. The boys are really buying into it.”

Alvord was back in action this weekend at the Alvord Tournament. The Bulldogs will take on Olney and Midway Friday and Tioga Saturday.

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