RACINE, Ohio — Free throw shooting in the final minute and points in the paint powered the Southern Tornadoes over Alexander in a non-conference match up on Saturday evening.
The hosts jumped out to a 3-0 lead to begin the game on a three point field goal by Trenton Dem, but the visiting Spartans would out score Southern 12-5 in the remainder of the first quarter. Alexander held the 12-8 lead after eight minutes of play.
Southern would tie the game at 12 just over one minute into the second quarter, before Alexander scored six points to take 18-12 with 5:09 remaining in the first half.
Southern would get as close as two points with less than two minutes remaining in the first half, before Alexander scored four straight points to hold a 25-19 advantage at the half.
The Tornadoes came out of half time with new energy, outscoring Alexander 18-7 in the third quarter. Southern took the lead 31-28 at the 4:51 mark of the third quarter on a three point shot by Taylor McNickle. The Tornadoes would not trail in the remainder of the game. Southern held a 37-32 lead after three quarters of play.
Alexander would be a close as three points with 1:30 remaining in the game, but baskets by Chandler Drummer along with free throws by Dennis Teaford Zac Beegle and Tristen Wolfe allowed Southern to increase the lead to as much as seven in the final minute. Southern won by a final score of 54-50.
Drummer lead the Tornadoes with 16 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Dennis Teaford with 13 points and seven rebounds. Taylor McNickle added eight points, Trenton Deem had seven points, Tristen Wolfe added six points and Zac Beegle had four points.
Beegle added 11 rebounds in the game. Wolfe lead the team in assists with five. Beegle, Drummer and Wolfe each had two steals in the victory.
Jordan Moseley and Seth Richardson lead Alexander with 13 points each, followed by Mason Chapman with 10 points and Lukas Thompson with five points. Kyle Howard scored three points, and Chris Wingett, Shea Grigsby and Cory Chapman each added two points.
Southern out rebounded the guests 42-23. Southern had 17 turnovers while Alexander committed 12.
The Tornadoes were 7-9 from the free throw line, including 5-6 in the fourth quarter. Alexander was 1-2 at the line.
Southern returns to action on Tuesday at home against Trimble.