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Providence boys lose in Deep South semifinals

Staff Photo: John Bohn Providence's Abj Kushanu (23) passes the ball around Alcovy defender Marcus Beasley (21) during the second period ofa semifinal game in the Deep South Classic basketball tournament played at Brookwood High School on Thrusday.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Providence's Abj Kushanu (23) passes the ball around Alcovy defender Marcus Beasley (21) during the second period ofa semifinal game in the Deep South Classic basketball tournament played at Brookwood High School on Thrusday.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Providence's Kareem Adekunle (1) shoots over Alcovy's Justin Wallace (11) during the second period of a semifinal game in the Deep South Classic basketball tournament played at Brookwood High School on Thrusday.

SNELLVILLE -- A second half full of chasing finally left the Providence Christian boys basketball team spent.

The Stars, after trailing throughout, reclaimed the lead midway through the fourth quarter in Thursday's Deep South Classic semifinals with Alcovy. But the Tigers responded with a 7-0 run and Providence couldn't muster the energy for another comeback, falling 56-50 and into a third-place game today at 4:30 p.m.

Kareem Adekunle led the second-half surge with a game-high 21 points and Nate Bucher scored 15 for the Stars. Bucher scored 11 of his points in the first half, which finished with Providence facing a 28-21 halftime deficit.

Alcovy's lead grew to 10 early in the second half, but an 8-0 run featuring six points from Adekunle got the Stars back in it. They still trailed by five points after three quarters, but an 8-2 run to open the fourth (including six points from Adekunle) gave them a brief 46-45 lead with 3:30 left.

That advantage was short-lived, however.

A pair of steals and six straight points from DeVon Edwards gave Alcovy a 52-46 lead and Providence never recovered. Edwards led the Tigers with 15 points, Derius Mathis had 12 points and Justin Wallace scored 11.

Alcovy plays in today's Deep South Classic finals at 7:30 p.m.