Andy boys self-destruct

Published 11:45 pm Thursday, February 23, 2012

Niguel Jones - Andalusia's Niguel Jones tries for a shot as Monroe County brings pressure Thursday night. The Bulldogs fell 63-51 to Monroe County, a team they beat earlier this season 49-40.

MOBILE — Andalusia came to win against Monroe County on Thursday night.

That didn’t happen, as the Bulldogs fell to the Tigers 63-51 in the semifinals of the Class 4A South Regional Tournament at the Mitchell Center on the University of South Alabama’s campus in Mobile.

This was the first time AHS coach Richard Roberton lost a regional semifinal under the new tournament format.

“We self-destructed,” Robertson said. “With the things we put in, we didn’t execute it. I know we probably got tired, but we’re still young.”

Andalusia ended an up-and-down season, where guard play plagued the Bulldogs throughout.

The Bulldogs played close with the Tigers during the contest, but never could get a solid foot in the door.

“We came to win it, and had a good plan,” Robertson said. “It just wasn’t executed. That’s it in a nut shell. We didn’t execute, and we fell short.”

Andalusia held a 13-8 lead with 2:42 to go in the first period, but Monroe County, with its physical play and dominant shooters tied the game at 17-all on a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Tremonte’ Jackson.

The Tigers went on 6-0 and 8-0 runs in the second period.

In the 8-0 run, Tigers guard Jordan Howard, whom Andalusia didn’t have an answer for, scored four of his team’s points. Howard led MCHS with 25 points, just above Nile Davis’ 19.

Before the MCHS runs, Andalusia led 21-17 to start the second period on a 4-0 run.

The Bulldogs cut the game back to 30-29 later in the second period on a Lakelyus “Fathead” Adams 3-pointer.

The Bulldogs trailed 34-33 at half time after an Adams lay up off of Townsend steal.

The game went back and forth at the start of the third period, but the Tigers built a 47-40 lead thanks to Howard and Davis’ offensive performances.

MCHS led 47-42 after the third period, and Andalusia brought the game close at the mid-point of the fourth, not backing down until the 2:30 mark, where the Tigers went on to outscore the Bulldogs 10-0 the rest of the way.

“I’m not proud of a 19-14 record, but I’m proud of their effort,” Robertson said. “This is not out standard.

“I want to congratulate Monroe County,” he said. “They outplayed us, and they deserve to win.”

Townsend had 17 points to lead Andalusia; and Adams chipped in 14.