The Brighton Cardinals gym was rocking Saturday night as a large, vocal crowd was treated to an entertaining Covington-Brighton contest that was decided in the last minute of play at the free throw line.
The Chargers prevailed with a come-from-behind 77-72 win over a game flock of Cardinals who defended the home floor with an all-out effort that came up just short.
Brighton (3-9) hit the floor with tremendous energy on both ends of the floor, forcing the Chargers (9-4) into numerous misses from the floor in the opening period. The game was so tight there were an astounding 24 lead changes and 10 ties.
The Cardinals’ largest lead was three and the Chargers eight, but that not until late in the third quarter and it was erased by the Cardinals mid-way through the fourth period.
Covington, led in scoring by Damarcus Seaberry’s six 3-pointers and game-high 22 points, could not pull away because of the inspired inside-outside play of Markerro Broadnax, whose 16 points paced the Cardinals.
Terrell Wayne White added 14 for Brighton and the rebounding and 13 points apiece provided by Lorenzo Hunt and Milton Hardy kept BHS in the game to the end.
Malcolm Taylor’s 18 points, many of which came on second chances in the late going, and Bobby Shanks’ 16 points, which included 5-of-6 shooting from the line in the last two minutes of play, gave CHS just enough boost to outlast the Cardinals.
The Chargers enjoyed a huge disparity at the free throw line with 30 attempts to 12 for the Cardinals. Covington missed early and often, shooting 60 percent overall, but they closed strong, making 12 of 15 in the final frame.
The Cardinals were efficient, connecting on 9 of 12. Covington won the turnover battle, 16-10.
In girls action:
The Lady Charger-Lady Cardinal matchup at Brighton last Saturday was essentially a replay of their Dec. 14 meeting in Covington.
The Lady Cardinals were victims of a smothering Covington defense that forced 20 turnovers, 17 of them steals that were turned into a basket full of fast break points and a 60-18 CHS win.
Covington (9-5) had its way on offense, especially in the low post, where Janeika Mason tallied a game-high 19 points. Treasury Poindexter joined her in double digits with 13, including three triples.
Makayla Rose and Alyssa Hunt had five points apiece for the Lady Cardinals (1-11).
The game got out of hand early. Covington raced to a 26-9 advantage after one quarter and never looked back. Both teams struggled at the line. Brighton connected on 3 of 9 attempts and CHS on 6 of 11.
Chelsea Dye and Precious Harvey each scored nine for Covington