Published Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:45 am Dateline
The Alexander Spartans season came to an end at the hand of the Crooksville Ceramics Monday night, 61-51.
The Spartans may have played their best basketball of the year in the fourth quarter as they outscored the Ceramics 25-14.
After scoring 26 points through three quarters, they started the fourth on a 10-1 run and closed the game to as few as seven points. But the run was too little too late for the Spartans.
One of the main reasons the Spartans were able to make that fourth quarter push was due to the Ceramics failing to hit free throws. They finished the night 11-of-21 from the charity stripe. Their inability to make the freebies allowed the Spartans to make their push with their season hanging in the balance.
However, Crooksville controlled the first three quarters of the game. They held Alexander to 7-of-20 from the field in the first half. The Spartans finished the first half with just one assist and were 1-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Braden Jones finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Caleb Jago for Crooksville had 24 points on the night, shooting 5-of-11 from three-point territory. Mitch Swingle tacked on 13 as the big man down low.
Crooksville will move on and play the top-seeded Nelsonville-York Buckeyes on Friday at Athens High School. The winner will advance to the Convocation Center for the district quarterfinals.