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Saints knock off Jaguars

Wendell Lewis scored 30 points to lead Selma to a 68-60 win over Wilcox Central on Saturday in a contest that could best be described as a war.

Lewis bounced back from a disappointing performance in Friday’s win over Demopolis, as he was held to five points. His timing was perfect as the Saints needed every point they could get.

Neither side earned a double-digit lead throughout the contest. There were four lead changes in the first half, and tough the Saints never trailed in the second, they couldn’t put the Jaguars away either.

“It was a big win against one of the best high school programs in the state,” said Selma coach Woodie Jackson. “They have both an inside and outside game. I feel fortunate to get the win.”

Selma got off on the right foot with a 4-0 lead, but Wilcox Central quickly answered with a 9-0 run on two Kendric Atwood 3-pointers and a Gary Nicholson trey to take a 9-4 lead. Selma answered again with a 10-0 run sparked by a Wilcox Central technical foul to go ahead 14-9 as the quarter came to an end.

But trailing 19-14 in the second quarter, the Jaguars jabbed again with a an 8-0 triggered by two Stephon Butler 3-pointers to regain the lead at 22-19.

But Selma closed the half with an 9-2 run to sparked by two 3-point plays out of Lewis and Justin Ravizee to forge ahead 34-32. A Jamie King jump shot at the buzzer gave Selma a 36-34 lead at the half.

The Saints increased their lead to 58-49 early in the fourth quarter, but the Jaguars had one more run in them. A Devin Coleman 3-pointer ignited a 7-0 Wilcox Central run to trim the deficit to two at 58-56 with 3:19 left in the game, but Selma answered with a 6-0 run to put the game way.

The loss was a tough blow for a Wilcox Central team that that earned a 77-66 home win over Selma on Nov. 22.

“I’m proud of our guys. They fought hard,” said Wilcox Central coach Mark Dukes. “I’m proud of our guys for the effort.”