Andalusia boys fall 88-63 to Calera

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Calera outscored Andalusia 27-18 in the second half, and the Eagles beat the Bulldogs 88-63 on Saturday night in regular season action.

They Bulldogs won the tip from the start, but a costly turnover netted an early 8-0 run by the Eagles.

AHS coach Richard Robertson said he called a time out, got on the players a bit, and “they started coming back.”

Prior to Andalusia’s contest against Calera, the Eagles had lost two games straight.

“We got in there, and they (the Eagles) were hungry,” Robertson said. “We scored pretty close to our average.”

Andalusia trailed by 12 at one point and fought back to within two points against the Eagles.

The Bulldogs trailed 21-18 at the end of the first period, and trailed 40-32 at half time.

Calera came out and outscored the Bulldogs 21-13 in the third period, and AHS trailed 61-45 going into the fourth period.

“We started taking them to the basket,” Robertson said about the offense. “We score 18, and gave up 27 points in the fourth quarter.”

Robertson said the last 12 minutes of the ball game, the team didn’t do so well.

“We kind of fell apart,” he said. “We might get a rebound or two, but the score can make it look a whole lot worse than what it was.”

Four Calera players finished in double figures for the Eagles.

Deondre Haynes led all Eagles with 25 points; Ronnie Clark had 21 points; Jeremy Hyde and Titus Adams had 12 points each.

Andalusia’s Jacard Townsend had 23 points; Sam Byrd had 11 points; and Joe Flowers had 10 points.

The Bulldogs are at 13-9 on the season, and 2-1 in Class 4A, Area 3.

Andalusia will host rival and area foe Straughn tonight in area action. The last time the Bulldogs played the Tigers, they lost 52-42.

The area standings indicate that Straughn and Andalusia have the same area records at 2-1. SHS is in the lead, and AHS is sitting in second place because of the head-to-head tiebreaker. Headland and Ashford are 1-2, and third and fourth, respectively.

In B-team action, the Bulldogs won 48-48.

Andalusia’s varsity girls beat the Lady Eagles 65-53 to improve to 17-2 on the season.