Demopolis rally falls short

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 27, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &045; Friday night’s area game brought together two prides of tigers. The Greenville Tigers prevailed over the Demopolis Tigers in last night’s game, 63-60.

Demopolis made a gallant effort after falling behind by 12 early in the fourth quarter. They knocked down seven straight points, including a three-point play by Brian Taylor to get back within five with six and a half minutes left to play. In the next three minutes each team would add five more points to make the score 55-50 at the 3:33 mark, as Patrick Roberson sank three of four free throw attempts.

The Greenville Tigers would get it back up to eight. Demopolis continued to battle to cut its deficit to 59-56 with 1:22 left in the game.

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With 43 seconds left and the scoreboard reading, 61-58, with possession of the ball, the Demopolis Tigers couldn’t get its shot to fall.

The Demopolis Tigers led almost five minutes of the second quarter after closing out the first quarter down, 11-10.

A three-point play by Shantrell Braxton put Demopolis up 13-11. Greenville would come back to regain the lead, 21-20 with 1:40 left to go until half time. Greenville led at the half, 26-22.

The Greenville Tigers pulled away to a 39-29 advantage after three minutes into the third quarter. Their lack of size was over shadowed by their quickness and athletic ability, as they held on to their 10-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter became an up hill climb for the Demopolis Tigers, but they couldn’t catch Greenville.

Demopolis will host John Essex tonight in a Marengo County match up.

Greenville’s Tyrus Robinson led all scorers with 21 points. Casey Canty led Demopolis with 18. Brian Taylor netted 12 points and Patrick Roberson chipped in 10 points.

Lady Tigers has way with Greenville, 62-35

The Demopolis Lady Tigers, who clinched the area championship two weeks ago, had its way with the Greenville Lady Tigers crushing them 62-35.

Demopolis led the entire game and built a big 37-20 lead after two quarters of play.

They went on to hold Greenville to seven points in the third quarter while putting up 23 points on their side of the scoreboard. Coach Tony Pitman rushed in his reserves in the fourth quarter to close out the game. Demopolis, who finishes area play with a 6-0 record, will host its area tournament to start February 5.