Selma boys capture Shootout

Published 1:32 am Sunday, November 29, 2009

SELMA — For a team that scored 93 points, the Saints of Selma boys’ coach Woodie Jackson had few weak points.

“We’re still turning the ball over a lot,” said Jackson, who last week was named to the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.

But then, opponent Dallas County apparently did have many faults either, pumping in 86 points during Saturday night’s championship in the Selma High Thanksgiving Shootout tournament.

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Selma won its own Shootout with a shootout in the final. And Jackson said the Saints were glad to have the winning edge when the final horn sounded.

“We were fortunate to score that many points,” he said. “Dallas County has a really good team and they shot the free throws great against us.”

For Selma (5-1), Charles Eaton shot lights-out in the top trophy game. He connected for 33 points with 17 rebounds.

Eaton was named to the all-tournament team, along with Selma’s No.2 and No. 3 scorers. Malcolm Riley had 25 points with 14 rebounds and four assists as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Then came Duprie Rivers with 15 points and seven rebounds.

Kerry Mitchell also went double-digits with 14 rebounds.

Sparking the Dallas County scoring were all-tournament selections DeAndre McIntyre with 28 points and Henry Baker with 22 points.

In the girls’ final, Selma fell short, finishing second after losing 43-40 to Sumter County.

The loss dropped the Lady Saints to 8-4 on the season.

Selma girls’ coach Anthony Harris said he saw a difference in the team since Friday’s 62-48 victory over Dallas County.

“We didn’t play with that desire to win,” Harris said after Saturday’s game. “All we can do now is go back to the drawing board and continue to tune up.”

Harris said the Lady Saints weren’t able to finish against Sumter County.

“It was a good game,” he said. “It came down to the wire and we just didn’t do it.”

Keisha Moore led Selma with 15 points, followed by Breanna Smith with 8 and Jameneshia Caver added 7.