Alexander Central defeated Fred T Foard Monday in the opening round of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Holiday Classic in Hickory. The Blue and Gold never trailed and won 56-31. The Cougars opened up the game in the 3rd quarter outscoring the Tigers 20-3. Ethan Bumgarner had 14 points, Blane Hodges and Justin Dula tallied 10 each. With a record of 8-3, Coach Ed Wills team will play the winner of the St Stephens vrs Hickory game Tuesday night at 8:30. The game will be at the Tarlton complex on the CVCC Campus.