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Selma rallies to top Tigers

SELMA – Selma has been forced to come from behind several times this season, and Tuesday night’s win over Demopolis was no different.

The Saints were in a hole much of the game but used a 13-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter to take a 59-50 win.

“The last three or four games, we’ve been trying to dig holes,” Selma coach Woodie Jackson said. “It just takes so much energy to come from behind. We needed to stop playing soft and stop giving excuses.”

Jackson said the Saints (14-6, 3-1) switched defenses to pressure the Tigers more and it led to more possessions, which the offense turned into easy points.

“Our defense played on the ball to close the middle off, but they took it anyway,” Jackson said. , “In the fourth quarter we tightened up to get more ball pressure. Early on, (Demopolis) just wanted it more.”

DeVaughn Harderick helped spark the rally with two free throws to end the third quarter and a 3-pointer to start the fourth.

Another 3-pointer by Charles Eaton kept the Saints on top, after their led was cut to two, and he and Kerry Mitchell combined for six free throws in the final minute to ice the game.

Eaton was the Saints’ leading scorer with 22 points.

Mitchell added 14 points of his own.

Demopolis used quick scores and short run s to slowly build the lead over the first three quarters, but the fourth quarter belonged to Selma.

The Tigers were led by Jeremy Wallace’s 27 points.