Saints knock off Jaguars

Published 12:35 am Sunday, December 21, 2008

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.

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“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.”