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Basketball: Alvord doubles up Chico

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, February 3, 2018
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Rivalry Showdown

RIVALRY SHOWDOWN – An Alvord and Chico player battle for a loose ball. The Bulldogs won 38-14, sweeping the season series. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

When the Alvord Bulldogs went nearly five minutes without scoring in the first half Tuesday night, their lead never was in jeopardy thanks to an unrelenting defense.

Alvord limited Chico to just seven field goals in a 38-19 victory over its rival at Alvord High School gym.

“We worked all week on denying the ball and keeping the pressure on,” said Alvord guard Jayton Malone. “We only won by one last time [against them]. To win big was important.”

Alvord moved to 4-2 in District 11-2A and put a stranglehold on third place with the season sweep of Chico.

“They bought in tonight to make sure we won this one to secure at least third place,” said Alvord coach Aaron Tefertiller. “I told them if we played like that all year, we’d have won a lot more games.”

Chico fell to 2-4 and is fourth place in the league.

“We’ll show up tomorrow in the right frame of mind and have an A practice and try to have another A practice Thursday,” said Chico coach Mark Kyle. “We have a tough game Friday with Poolville and will try to answer the challenge.”

Chico couldn’t find an answer offensively against Alvord, especially after halftime. Chico hit only two field goals in the final 16 minutes and was held to just a pair of Jerod Blanks free throws in the fourth quarter. Blanks had eight of the Dragons’ 19 points.

“We couldn’t make a shot. I told them the only way we could’ve made a shot was throwing it in the Atlantic Ocean. Only then, it was 50-50,” Kyle said.

Starting with Hunter Richey’s putback at the third-quarter buzzer, Alvord closed the game on an 11-2 run. Malone’s back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth quarter put Alvord up 18, 35-17. Malone finished with a game-high 10.

Tanner Petree added eight.

Along with controlling the game defensively, Alvord attacked the glass. After giving up five second-chance points in the first quarter, the Bulldogs silenced Chico on the offensive glass the rest of the way.

“We blocked out and rebounded,” Tefertiller said. “This was our most complete game all year.”

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