Pike Liberal boys set to take on top-ranked Glenwood in regional tournament

Published 10:27 pm Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nearly every person in the state of Alabama knows the tale of David and Goliath.

A real-life version of the Biblical tale take place on Friday afternoon in the first round of the AISA Regional Tournament at Macon-East Montgomery Academy.

The under-sized Pike Liberal Arts Patriots will meet the tall, athletic No.1-ranked Glenwood Gators.

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Glenwood has been the top team in AISA all season long, and coasted to a 24-2 record in the regular season.

The Gators only two losses occurred in a tournament to a team from Georgia.

Pike Liberal head coach Gene Allen said his Patriots will have to play their best game of the season to pull the upset.

“We lost a couple of games there at the end that we shouldn’t have,” Allen said. “We will have to hit some shots, and play really good defense to get it done, but we are up for the challenge.”

Glenwood has a strong basketball history, and captured the 2012 AISA state championship under long-time head coach Dusty Perdue.

Allen said an upset of the Gators would be big for his team.

“Glenwood is the best team in the state, but they can be beaten,” Allen said. “Our guys aren’t afraid of a challenge, and we will fight hard in the paint for every rebound, and make our shots count.”

Pike and Gleenwood meet Friday at 12:15 P.m. at Macon-East in Cecil.