Bulldogs edge Nixon on road to remain unbeaten
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Alexander completed a sweep of the Border Olympics semifinalists Tuesday storming ahead in the fourth quarter and holding on late to win 78-77 at Nixon and remain undefeated.
The No. 21 Bulldogs (8-0) trailed by two heading to the fourth quarter, but they opened on a 10-1 run to take a 64-57 lead and never looked back.
Rolando Ramos helped No. 21 Nixon (3-4) fight back making a 3-pointer then assisting on a triple by Ramon Ayala 16 seconds later to cut the deficit to 69-67 with 2:33 to play.
Alexander made six straight free throws down the stretch to preserve its lead.
Ramos kept it interesting with a steal and a layup with 11 seconds to go cutting it to a one-possession lead, but Devin Rodriguez got his second free throw to roll in off the front of the rim for a 78-74 lead with six seconds to go.
Ramos hit a triple at the buzzer to bring the final score back within a point.
It was the second straight game to go down to the wire for the Bulldogs after winning their first six by double digits.
They edged United 55-53 Saturday to win their second straight Border Olympics title.
Nixon nearly faced Alexander in the title game but fell just short 75-74 against the Longhorns in the semifinals.
Tuesday was the third straight narrow loss for the Mustangs as they fell 70-63 to United South in the third-place game.
Kike Ramos led a balanced attack with 18 points and Ram Ortiz was right behind with 17 as Alexander exceeded its season average by five points.
Kike Perez added 12 and Beto Lopez scored all 10 of his points in the first quarter to give the Bulldogs four players in double figures.
Devin Rodriguez finished just short with nine points.
Nixon kept right on pace with its season average and scored more points than any team has against AHS this season.
Alexander was holding opponents to 47.1 per game with the most allowed coming in a 75-54 win over United South in the Border Olympics semifinals.
Ramos led the Mustangs with a game-high 26 points and Gilbert Munoz was second with 20.
The game saw gradual shifts in momentum as Alexander controlled the start and end of the game while the Mustangs took charge in the second and third quarters.
The Bulldogs led 22-15 after the first but Nixon outscored them 30-18 in the second including a 17-8 run to close out the half for a 45-40 lead.
Ayala opened the run with a 3-pointer before Marco Castillo scored on consecutive possessions to take the lead.
Alexander called a timeout early in the third after Nixon hit a triple and it paid off with the Bulldogs going on an 8-0 run to take back the lead at 50-48.
However, the Mustangs closed out strong again with the final five points of the quarter for a 56-54 lead.
The Bulldogs opened the fourth on a 10-1 run as a three-point play off a fastbreak layup from Perez and a pair of free throws from Rodriguez put them up for good at 64-57 with 5:45 to go.
Nixon got back within a possession three times down the stretch but couldn’t complete the comeback.
Nixon returns to action Thursday in the first of three days at the Best of the Bay tournament at Aransas Pass.
Alexander is off for more than a week until competing in the New Braunfels Canyon tournament starting Dec. 9.
United South fell 48-43 on the road Tuesday against Weslaco.
The Panthers (3-4) join Nixon Thursday at the Best of the Bay tournament.
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