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Paul Bryant upsets Selma High in 6A Sub-Regional

Selma High had several chances to reach the Class 6A Southwest Regional.

Paul W. Bryant used a strong second-half surge to knock off the Saints 49-45 in a 6A Sub-Regional contest on Tuesday night.

“We didn’t shoot the ball from the perimeter  the way we wanted, as a result of that, we had too many turnovers,” Saints coach Darron Rembert said.

The Saints (17-7) led the entire first half, leading 12-6 after one quarter and 19-17 at halftime.

But the Stampede (9-15) went on a 14-0 run in the third quarter, turning a 24-17 deficit into a 31-24 lead.  Mason Jones did most of the damage, scoring 13 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

Despite Bryant’s run, the Saints stayed close and had a chance to tie and force overtime in the closing minute.

Down 48-45, the Saints turned the ball over. The Stampede hit a free throw to put the game away. 

“We gave ourselves a chance in the end, but we made too many turnovers,” Rembert said. “Give Bryant credit, they stuck to their gameplan.”

Michael Harris led Selma with 13 points in his final game as a Saint.

Bryant coach Sean Peck-Love, a former Alabama basketball player, credited the Stampede’s defense on shutting down Jarvis Moss, the Saints’ top player.

“We wanted to run Selma off the perimeter and make them beat us off the dribble,” Peck-Love said. “We also wanted to limit Moss’ touches.”