ALEXANDRIA — With 6:21 remaining in the third quarter of Alexandria’s 66-41 win over Glencoe, Devan Grant came down with one of his five rebounds and drove all the way to the other end for a contested layup.
It wasn’t how Grant maneuvered around two defenders to finish the play that stood out. Instead, it’s how Alexandria coach Jason Johnson was shouting instructions to Grant during his full-court trip — he went through the names of several players before successfully saying, “Devan.”
The uncertainty of who was bringing the ball down the court was understandable, though, as all 11 Valley Cub players who dressed for the game scored at least two points — with Jamal Tucker leading the way with 10.
Romeo Dye, Grant and Jake Weathington were next in the scoring column as the trio all finished with eight points respectively.
The collective scoring came without All-Calhoun County caliber player in Dalton Dodd as well as Josh Tucker, both of whom are recovering from injuries.
“The scoring was important,” Johnson said. “With tournaments like these where you’re playing three or four nights in a row, you need some depth. I’m proud of our younger guys and how they were able to get after it tonight on both ends of the court.”
Even so, what stood out to Johnson the most was how well his team played defense against the Yellow Jackets.
“The way we got after it on defense and limited them to a bad shooting percentage, which resulted in a good amount of fast-break points for us,” he said. “That’s what probably I was most pleased with.”
For the night, Alexandria’s defense held Glencoe to 25 percent shooting (14 made field goals on 56 attempts) and 15 percent (3 of 19) from behind the 3-point arc. In addition, the Valley Cubs outrebounded the Yellow Jackets 48-36 en route to shooting 40 percent themselves.
With the win, Alexandria (7-3) will advance in the winners’ bracket of the Champions Sports Academy Boys Christmas Classic to play Springville on Wednesday, which was one of the four teams with a first-round bye.