Basketball: Alvord squares off with Lindsay

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For the second time in as many years, the Alvord Bulldogs will meet the Lindsay Knights in the 2A bi-district round of the playoffs. The two sides will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bowie.

Alvord finished the season 20-11 overall and 6-4 in District 11-2A to claim the third seed. Lindsay finished second to Sam Rayburn in District 12-2A.

The Knights sent the Bulldogs home last season in the first round, 64-38.

“The first thing is jumping the hurdle of having played them last year – the mental part of that,” said Alvord coach Aaron Tefertiller. “But you know, we’re a new team. They’re very fundamental. If we can penetrate that zone and match their intensity, I think we have a shot at winning the game.”

The Knights play primarily a 1-3-1 zone, a defense predicated on trapping the ball and forcing turnovers. To counter it, teams must constantly move the ball and swing it to the weak side, where there is usually only one defender.

Opponents managed just 48 points per game against Lindsay this season.

“When we execute like we’re supposed to, we get easy looks out of it,” Tefertiller said. “Ball movement and quick penetration is what we’ll have to do to be successful.”

Offensively, Alvord will lean on the backcourt duo of Jayton Malone and Tanner Petree. Malone is the Bulldogs’ starting point guard as a sophomore, while Petree is the team’s sharpshooter.

Last week against Perrin, Petree hit a school-record eight 3-pointers and scored a game-high 26 points.

Tefertiller said ultimately, he believes the game will boil down to Alvord’s offense rather than its defense. The Bulldogs allowed 48.5 points per game and put up an average of 51.6 points a night.

“I don’t worry as much about our defense,” Tefertiller said. “We’re usually pretty consistent there. But we’ve been pretty hot and cold offensively. When we’re hitting and confident in our shot, we can play with anybody.”

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