LATE BUCKET SINKS BULLDOGS: Andalusia comes up short against Class 6A Cougars

Published 12:05 am Friday, January 4, 2019

It was a game that came down to the final seconds, but it was Northview who hit the big shot at the end to knock off Andalusia 77-76 on Thursday night in Andalusia.

The Bulldogs got on the board first with a quick basket from Roosevelt Weaver.

Andalusia looked like they might blow the game open after a 3-pointer from Franklin Osorio, two buckets from Elijah McClain and a dunk from Keaun Samuel to put the Bulldogs up 17-6.

Northview came charging back and went up 18-17 heading into the second period.

Northview got the first bucket of the second period before Andalusia surged back and took the lead.

Weaver was dishing the ball with pinpoint accuracy as he delivered three-straight assists to Kendall Sims and Patrick McCorvey to give Andalusia a 23-22 lead.

Samuel closed out the first half with big dunk to put Andalusia up 37-36 heading into halftime.

Northview knocked down a 3-pointer and then came away with a steal and layup to go up 41-37 to start the third period.

A few moments later, Samuel hit a 3-pointer from the corner to tie the game. 44-44.

Bry Burnett knocked down a 3-pointer and McCorvey knocked down a shot at the end of the third period to put Andalusia up 55-54.

Weaver pushed the Andalusia lead up to 57-54 to start the fourth period, but Northview responded with a 3-pointer to tie the game.

Northview started to extend their lead before a big 3-pointer from Weaver cut the Cougars lead down to 72-68.

After another bucket from Northview, Andalusia picked up six-straight points from McClain, Weaver and Samuel to tie the game 74-74 with 52 seconds left in the game.

Northview hit a free throw to go up 75-74.

Andalusia took the lead with 30 seconds left as McCorvey dropped in a layup.

However, Northview drove down the court and put in a bucket to go up 77-76 with 10 seconds left in the game.

Andalusia had one final chance to win the game, but Northview forced a turnover to give them a 77-76 victory.

“We battled,” Andalusia head coach Brad Goldman said. “We play hard from the get go and we can play with anyone. That’s a solid 6A team (Northview) that we saw this summer and we knew they would give us a push going into area. They have some really good athletes and they are well coached. We battled tonight. There were some calls down the stretch that didn’t go our way, but you have to play through that kind of stuff. At the end, we had the ball with the chance to score to win the game and we couldn’t get it done. They made one more play than we did.”

Samuel led the Bulldogs with 30 points and 15 rebounds.