Cougars win fifth straight, advance to tourney semi-finals
By D.N. PENNELL, Jr.
The Alexander Central Varsity Men’s Basketball Team slipped past Bunker Hill 70-67 in a hard-fought, overtime clash in the opening round of the Dicks Sporting Goods Classic on Thursday evening, December 27, in Hickory.
Jem Lowrance led three Cougars in double figures as ACHS earned its fifth straight win in the first-round battle against the fifth-seeded Bears at Catawba Valley Community College.
ACHS improved to 6-2 on the season and will face the winner of the Maiden/South Caldwell game on Friday evening, December 28, at 8:30 pm at CVCC.
In Thursday’s win, junior Jem Lowrance, who is the Cougars scoring leader so far this season, finished with a game-high 22 points and team-best nine rebounds. Lowrance was seven for 13 from the field and a perfect eight for eight at the foul line.
Junior guards Dalton Stikeleather and Zach Wooten scored 17 and 10 points respectively, while Maddox Kerley added six points and six rebounds.
On the night, Alexander shot 59 percent from the field and a whopping 82 percent from the foul line, converting 18 of 22 free throw attempts.
Christian Ramseur led the Bears with 21 points.