Central Christian holds off Titans

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 27, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &045; The Warriors of Central Christian sank 13 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter to squash the West Alabama Preparatory Titans chance for the area championship.

The Titans began to foul Central Christian with 2:18 left to play in the game and down by two, 47-45. All of the Warrior points for the remainder of the game came from the free throw line.

WAP could only get as close as two points at the 1:38 mark trailing 49-47, but a turnover and a missed shot gave the Warriors the opportunity for its next five points. They led 54-47 with a little more than a minute to go and held on to gain at least a tie for the area championship.

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The Titans led 11-10 after the first eight minutes of play. They outscored Central Christian, 9-3, in the last five minutes of the quarter.

The game was tied three times in the second quarter, including three lead changes, before the Titans rallied to take a 26-21 lead into the half.

Both teams put up 13 points in the third quarter as WAP maintained its five points advantage.

Central Christian opened the fourth with six straight points to knot the game at 40 with 5:40 showing on the game clock. They would pull away by five, 47-42, the next two minutes of play, as the Titans were over the limit in fouls and the Warriors started their parade to the free throw stripe.

Terrance Irby scored a game high 23 points for the Titans, who finishes its season, 3-3 in the area and 10-12 overall. Kris Kimbrough added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Bryant Rawls netted 18 points for Central.