Alexander Scores First and Never Looks Back to Jackson

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The Alexander Spartans braved the harsh climate and defeated the Jackson Ironmen 49-27 on a cold, icy night in southeast Ohio.

The solid victory can give Alexander (9-4, 3-2) the momentum to bust out of its mini slump of losing two straight following its previous five-game winning streak.

Alexander guard Seth Richardson dropped 17 points, and made a pair of three’s along with teammate Mason Chapman, who finished with 14. The duo also combined for three steals and nailed 7-8 free throw attempts.

Jackson started off cold, scoring just four by the end of the first and just nine by half time. The Ironmen did not hit a three until the back end of the third quarter. Scoring leaders for the Ironmen included Josh Spires with 10 points, and Cooper Donaldson’s night of five points and four rebounds.

The game was never in serious jeopardy for the Spartans. Alexander scored on the first possession of the game and never looked back from there.

Coach Jim Kearns took advantage of the comfortable lead to help give playing time for the guys putting in the work at practice,

“We rotated ten guys the whole game,” Kearns said. “We practiced with ten guys, so we know they’re ready to go when put in the game.”

Jackson began to show signs of life toward the end, hitting consecutive threes in attempts to mount a comeback, but Alexander quickly answered and neutralized the effort.

The Spartans comes their match up next against the unbeaten Meigs Marauders Friday, Jan. 15th. The game should give provide an implication of whether Alexander is really back to its winning ways, and a test of their ability to come back in the TVC-Ohio standings.