Alter comes back to win after being down by 11

Alter senior guard Jack Smith
Chaminade Julienne senior forward Larry Turner
Alter senior guard Brady Uhl
Alter senior forward Conor Stolly
Chaminade Julienne junior guard A.J. Solomon

Kettering, OH — A major GCL Co-Ed showdown went down between Chaminade Julienne and #4 Alter on Thursday night at Trent Arena. CJ got out to a quick start as A.J. Solomon hit a three and Larry Turner went to work down low and got a bucket. Alter’s Jacob Conner showed why he’s one of the top sophomore guards in Dayton with a smooth full-court pass to Jack Smith who laid it in softly. It was a back and forth affair the rest of the first quarter as CJ led 11-10 after one. CJ’s Larry Turner started to heat up in the second quarter hitting shot after shot but he was countered by Jack Smith from Alter who seemed to hit every three that left his hand. CJ senior Brandon Gibson and Alter senior Jack Smith exchanged blows as they hit three after three in each other’s face. Gibson hit a giant three to end the half as CJ led 26-23. CJ got the second half started out quickly as A,J, Solomon and Sean Menker both hit three’s to give the Eagles a nine-point lead. Then, Dan Nauseef hit a layup to give the Eagles an 11 point lead and it started to look like Alter was out of the game. A Conor Stolly layup started an Alter run that would go throughout the rest of the third quarter. After Jack Smith hit countless three-pointers after three-pointer, Brady Uhl capped off the 3rd quarter by converting on an and-one to make it just a four-point game heading into the fourth quarter. After having a very quiet game, Alter star Brady Uhl hit a massive three to tie the game at 43 apiece. With 2:40 remaining, Conor Stolly drilled a three to put Alter up 49-46. After some free throws, it was tied at 50 apiece and Brady Uhl broke the tie with a massive jumper to put the Knights in front by two. Larry Turner responded on the other end with an and-one to tie the game. He missed the free throw to give CJ the lead which opened a door for Alter. With 18 seconds left, Brady Uhl inbounded the ball to Rich Kolb. Kolb passed it to Jack Smith, who quickly handed it off back to Kolb who then dished it over to Uhl. Uhl then gave Jack Smith the ball off of a backdoor cut and Smith got the easy layup to put Alter up 54-52 with just 8 seconds remaining. On the final possession, Brandon Gibson got the look he wanted for CJ but couldn’t make the floater that would’ve sent the game to overtime as his shot was too strong and Alter held on for the giant conference rivalry win. Jack Smith led the Knights with 22 points including 4 three’s and both Conor Stolly and Brady Uhl had 10 points as well. For CJ, Larry Turner led the way with 14, and Brandon Gibson and A.J. Solomon both finished with 10 points. CJ will need to bounce back in a big way as they take on Belmont at home on Saturday.

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