New Albany topped a successful week on the hardwood with an impressive 72-47 win at Columbus Thursday night.
Picking up a 70-20 win over Kossuth Tuesday night, the Bulldogs took their tenacious defense on the road, opening the game scoring 28 straight points before Kevin Hargrove put Columbus on the board with less than a minute remaining in the first. Holding the Falcons to that single basket in the frame, Tadarious Coburn led the ‘Dawgs with 14 first half points, as New Albany went to the break up 43-14.
“It has a lot to do with our defense,” NAHS head coach Brad Gray said. “Our effort has been a lot better, and we’ve worked harder in practice and in games. We basically feed off of our defense and our effort and intensity.”
Held to only eight third quarter points, Columbus (0-4) opened the fourth on an 11-0 run, but New Albany would outscore the Falcons, 17-14 in the closing minutes to earn the win.
“I told the kids, and the coaching staff knew that Columbus would battle for four quarters,” Gray said. “They’re going to give their best effort and they were going to apply the pressure. We worked coming into this game on handling the pressure and taking care of the basketball. That’s what we did tonight.”
Coburn and Malcolm Spears each finished with 17 points for the Bulldogs (3-1). Spears is slowly working his way back into the line-up after suffering an injury in practice and connect on three triples in the win.
“Early in the season, we didn’t want to rush them back,” Gray said. “We’re taking it easy, and he’s getting stronger. He still has to get in a little bit better shape, but he’s solid and is going to get us baskets and rebounds in games.”
New Albany 71 Columbus 54 (girls)
The Lady Bulldogs remain undefeated on the season, pulling away from Columbus in their 71-54 win.
Up by four at the beginning of the second quarter, New Albany would go on a 10-0 run, led by Jazmine Spears and Britney Johnson, who each scored seven points in the quarter.
After outscoring the Lady Falcons 23-15 in the third, Maggie Proffitt did her best to keep Columbus in the game, hitting three triples and finishing with 19 points. Fellow sophomore Kiandria Patterson led the Lady Falcons (2-1) with 21 points in their first loss.
Micha Washington scored 20 for New Albany (3-0), followed by Kebrina Lucas with 14, 13 points from Spears and 12 points from Johnson.
New Albany will travel to Ripley next Tuesday, Nov. 23.