Poets write off Saints

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 1, 2008

The Selma Times-Journal

One player doesn’t win a game. Marquise Glaze put that argument in serious doubt Thursday night.

Leading all scorers with 28 points, he helped erase a double-digit lead in the first quarter and then carried Sidney Lanier in overtime. The result was a 73-70 win over Selma in a battle between two top 10 teams in 6A.

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Selma was ahead by as much as 14 in the opening frame, then the No. 3 Poets began their grind. A 12-4 run to end the first half culminated with a 3-pointer Glaze put up as the buzzer sounded. That gave Lanier its first lead, 33-32.

The Poets began the second half on a 10-4 run before the No. 9 Saints snapped to life. Selma trailed 50-48 after Wendell Lewis and Justin Ravizee combined for the last six points of the third quarter. The Saints hurt themselves more than any opposing player. They turned the ball over 14 times on errant passes.

Jamie King hit a layup with 1:29 left in the fourth that gave Selma its first lead since the same point in the third. Ravizee temporarily turned into Selma’s hero when he stumbled through traffic to hit a layup that tied the game at 61 as the fourth quarter ended.

Glaze hit four free throws in the final minute of OT, and a Jakobe Shannon 3 with seconds left on the clock went wide left.

D.J. Brown added 17 points for Lanier.

Lewis and Courtney Carr both had 18 points and seven rebounds, and Ravizee scored 13.

Selma, the No. 5 team in 6A, beat Lanier 62-45 Thursday.

The Saints blew the game open by outscoring Lanier 16-8 in the second quarter.

Keisha Moore led all players with 27 points and also had six rebounds. Lateasha Witherspoon scored nine points and had six rebounds.

Tayla Arrington led the Poets with 10 points, and Sheila Thomas had seven.