Selma, Southside alumni to play

Published 9:04 pm Thursday, August 6, 2009

Yeah, there’ll be some trash talk. Most basketball games have that.

The game Aug. 15, however, will be all in fun when Selma and Southside alumni tip off for charity.

The second annual game will be played at 7 p.m. in the Selma High gym. Admission is $5 per person.

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Ronald Smith, a Southside alum who played in the first edition of the game last year, said he expects changes this time.

“We had 1,700 people there,” Smith said. “The gym holds 2,100, so we’re going for the 2,100 this year.”

Wallace CC-Selma men’s basketball coach Ronald Lane, who played for Selma last year, said everyone had a good time at the first game.

“We had a ball,” he said. “We had a nice crowd and I’m sure we’ll able to do that well again.”

Smith said the alumni players still have some skills.

“Playing for Selma last year were (former Alabama player) Chuck Davis, (three-time Auburn MVP) Doc Robinson, and (former University of North Alabama standout) Steve Martin, who is a (UNA) Hall of Famer. So there are no slouches out there.

“We might be 10, 15 or 20 years removed from our playing days, but we can still compete,” he said.

Another change Smith expects is in the score because last year’s game ended in a 69-69 tie.

“We are definitely going to break the tie this year,” he said. “The game draws a lot of people. There are still a lot of loyal fans.”

The spirit of the game continues after the final horn.

“I was getting a favorable response to the game three months after we played,” Smith said. “It was a great message we sent to the people. Despite the rivalry between Southside and Selma, there’s a great camaraderie between the players and the fans.”

Proceeds from this year’s game will be split between the two schools’ booster clubs. Last year, donations went to Save-A-Life and the Police Athletic League.