Tigers hold on for 2nd win
Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 8, 2007
DEMOPOLIS &8212; The game was fast and loose on both sides of the court, and the score should have been more one sided than it was when the clock ticked to zero.
But at the buzzer, the Demopolis Tigers found themselves breathing a sigh of relief, as they held off a Dallas County team that was battling back in the fourth quarter from a 14-point deficit in the eventual 66-56 Demopolis victory.
After a shaky start, in which the Tigers, who are now 2-0, had more turnovers than points in the first three minutes, the Demopolis team hit its stride and ended the quarter 20-10.
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As Bell stated neither team played sound defensively in the game, and both groups also gave up unforced turnovers and put up bad look shots regularly during the game. Demopolis happened to have the luck on their side and more often than not came up with contestable balls and dominated in the paint when they ventured inside.
And despite breakaway-point style game, where play most plays are big and all seem off the cuff, the Tigers seemed to have control until the end of the third quarter, when the score stood at 50-34.
Dallas County found a way to finally put up a run and even grab the momentum in the fourth &8212; putting up 17 points to Demopolis&8217; seven and coming within six with 2:22 remaining. But the Tigers got their head back in the game and went point for point with the Hornets &8212; winning the game after the Dallas County coach declined to slow the game to a crawl with fouls in the last minutes.
Top scorers for Demopolis were Casey Cantey with 23 and Brain Taylor with 15. Brandon Holmes with 20, Mel Mahan with 11 and Andrew Mahan with 10 lead the way for the Hornets.