ANDY BATTLES TO THE END: Bulldogs earn spot in Class 4A Regional tourney

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, February 14, 2018

It took an all out battle, but the Andalusia Bulldogs knocked off Montgomery Catholic 58-53 on Tuesday night in the Class 4A subregional in Andalusia.

The Bulldogs got on the board with a 3-pointer from Trey Wilkerson, but trailed 4-3.

Roosevelt Weaver put the Bulldogs on top with a 3-pointer to open up the second period.

A few minutes later, a 3-pointer from R.J. Drish gave the Bulldogs a 15-13 lead.

The Bulldogs began to surge when B.J. Anderson found Wilkerson on an alley-oop to extend the Andalusia lead.

Drish followed with another 3-pointer to put the Bulldogs up 22-13.

Montgomery Catholic came charging back, but the Bulldogs were on top 24-23 at halftime.

Montgomery Catholic came out strong in the third period and built a 12-point lead on the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs then got a pair of 3-pointers from Drish and a basket from Anderson to cut the Montgomery Catholic lead down to 44-37 heading into the final period.

Drish put the Bulldogs out front when he knocked down another 3-pointer in the fourth.

Drish picked up another 3-pointer after Montgomery Catholic responded with a 3-pointer.

Moments later, Drish drained another 3-pointer to put the Bulldogs up 51-50 with 1:45 left.

The Bulldogs were able to knock down their free throws in the final minute of the game to pull out the win.

With the win, the Bulldogs advance to the Class 4A South Regional Tournament on Saturday in Dothan.

Drish led the Bulldogs with 23 points and Anderson added 14 points.

“In the third period, they built a 12-point lead,” Andalusia head coach Anthony Clark said. “I told the guys that we have to take it one possession at a time. R.J. Drish just stepped up and hit six threes. That’s just a senior putting us on his back in the scoring column. I thought Poo (Weaver) made a good scoring drive one time to give us a cushion. This was a great job tonight.”