Jan 5, 2019
ALEXANDRIA — Anderson evened the score with Lapel Saturday night for an early-season defeat the Bulldogs hung on the Indians.
But the payback for Anderson was a bit hollow, because the rematch was for third place in the Madison County Tournament, as opposed to the final that both sought to reach.
The Indians pulled away in the fourth quarter and went on to down the Bulldogs 57-46, behind a productive night by Brandon Haralson and stout defense by everybody.
Haralson, a 6-foot-1 senior, had game highs of 19 points, 10 rebounds and six steals, and he had a hand in containing his Lapel counterpart, Luke Richardson, in the second half.
“For him, that’s what he does,” Anderson coach Mike Elliott said. “You’ve got a guy like him, night in and night out, he plays his own way. Hard, aggressive, he does everything and that’s how Brandon Haralson is.”
Haralson had five steals in the first quarter and was on pace for a triple-double, and was perfect at the foul line (8-for-8).
The Indians (5-5) had to play from behind for much of quarters 2 and 3, and by as much as 32-25 early in the second half. But they adjusted defensively and stifled Richardson and the Bulldogs (6-5) as the game wound down.
It was tied at 36 at the third stop and again at 38, but Anderson put together a 14-3 run and that broke Lapel’s back.
A 3-pointer by Jesse Sawyer with 5:58 left broke the 38-all deadlock.
After a three by the Bulldogs’ Kolby Bullard made it 44-41, Sawyer scored back-to-back buckets, and a hoop by Haralson and two free throws by James Glazebrooks gave the Indians their biggest margin, which they would match at the end.
Sawyer ended with 11 points and Glazebrooks nine.
Richardson, meanwhile, was held to one basket in the second half (with 6:53 left in the third quarter) and finished with 17. The senior forward came in averaging 23.
“We were just eliminating the guys going high-low, guys flashing out and making them getting free a little bit, and we ended up taking that away from them,” Elliott said.
Anderson fell to Lapel 76-72 in double overtime Nov. 23 and won for the second time this week after a four-game skid (it lost to Frankton in a semifinal Thursday).
The Indians shot 46.5 percent (20-of-43) and forced 19 Lapel turnovers while giving it up 13 (five in the second half).
Lapel was 18-of-48 (37.5 percent). Bullard had eight points and Bryce Carpenter seven assists.
Anderson goes to Lafayette Jeff and Lapel hosts Hamilton Heights Friday.