Published 12:02 am Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Andalusia’s Devante Jackson led the Bulldogs with 16 points Tuesday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Andalusia basketball coach Richard Robertson didn’t say much after the game Tuesday night.

In fact, he made it short and sweet after Luverne toppled the Bulldogs 71-54 in regular season action for their home opener.

“They whipped us in every phase of the game, in everything we did,” Robertson said.

From the tip, the Tigers were in complete control and went ahead to take a 6-2 lead in the first period thanks to a nice pass from James Campos to Jamarcus June.

LHS led 12-4 later thanks to a golden opportunity put back by Tigers guard Donta’ Hall.

Andalusia’s Devante Jackson fanned a put back in late to cut the game to 12-7 after the first period.

The Bulldogs (3-3) had to take a time out with 4:59 left in the first half after Preston Sankey’s steal and lay up put the Tigers ahead 20-9.

Montel Lee put some life back into Andalusia with an old-fashioned 3-point play at the bucket to decrease LHS’ lead to 20-14.

Luverne’s Devontae Baugh drained a 3-pointer with less than three minutes in the first half to put the Tigers ahead 25-14.

Lee later got another “and 1” play to put the game at 25-16, but Baugh answered with another jumper and a solid attack around the net by LHS put the Tigers ahead 29-17 at halftime.

Throughout the contest, LHS got most of its points on put backs, or second opportunities after missed shots.

Robertson said that’s due to his team’s size.

“What we’ve got is not assertive enough,” the coach said. “That’s the trouble. We don’t have anybody who will go after the ball.”

Luverne streaked out to a 35-21 lead early in the third period, but the Bulldogs showed they had some life later on by cutting the game to nine points.

Jackson and Jalen Cross exchanged quick passes and Devante’s resulting lay up put AHS down 43-34 with less than four minutes remaining in the third.

After Jackson’s jumper with less than two minutes left, Andalusia was only down 47-39.

Andalusia trailed 49-41 at the end of the third period.

Lee’s put back late in the fourth period put the Bulldogs behind 67-52 with more than a minute remaining.

Jackson led AHS with 16 points. Cross chipped in a double-double (13 points and 10 rebounds).

The Bulldogs were 8-for-17 (47 percent) from the foul line Tuesday night.

June led the Tigers with 21 points. Baugh and Hall had 11 points each.

Andalusia will face the winner of Opp and Elba on Friday in the first round of its 46th annual invitational tournament. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m.