DHS falls to Central TuscaloosaBy Matt Cole Published 9:15pm Thursday, January 2, 2014
The Demopolis Tigers basketball program hosted the Central Tuscaloosa Falcons on Thursday night in the first of back-to-back-to-back nights of games.
In the girls game, the Lady Tigers were able to lead through most of the game, but the Lady Falcons were able to pull it out in the end with a 57-52 win.
“We just couldn’t finish that one off,” Demopolis head coach Tony Pittman said.
Demopolis led 15-14 after the first quarter, and at halftime, the game was tied at 25. Caleb Washington started the game off strong, but did not score after the first quarter. She ended the game with 7 points.
The Lady Tigers gained some momentum toward the end of the third quarter and took a five point lead into the fourth, 44-39.
Demopolis was able to stretch that lead to open the fourth, but the Lady Falcons kept fighting and got themselves back into the game. Shots weren’t falling for the Lady Tigers down the stretch, and Central was able to pull out the win.
Ivery Moore and Sha’Deitra White led the way for Demopolis with 12 points each, and Erica Bennett had 10 for the Lady Tigers. The loss puts them at 6-5 on the season after defeating ACA and losing to Bryant in ACA’s Christmas tournament.
As for the varsity boys game, Central took control in the second quarter and never looked back, taking the win 59-42.
Demopolis started the game strong behind Roderick Davis’ 7 first quarter points. The Tigers led 13-9 after the first quarter, but Central didn’t mess around in the second quarter.
The Falcons opened the quarter on a 7-0 run, and ended the quarter outscoring the Tigers 22-2, taking a 31-15 lead into halftime.
“They came out of the game in a zone and we were able to knock down some shots, but they switched to man, and we couldn’t get comfortable offensively,” DHS head coach Rodney Jackson said. “Their length, quickness and speed affected us, and we just couldn’t get into a rhythm.”
The Tigers were able to get back into a little bit of a groove in the second half, but they were already in too much of a hole to come out of it.
“I thought our guys played hard in the second half,” Jackson said. “We’ve just go to do a better job in our man to man offense.”
Davis led the way for the Tigers with 15 points in the game. Kiante Jefferies added 10 points and Datrion Fultz had 9. For Central, Javaris Richey led the way with 20 points.
The loss puts Demopolis’ record at 7-7 on the season.
Demopolis will open area play Friday night when they host Sumter Central High School.