Demopolis boys earn overtime victory over Clarke County

Published 11:41 pm Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Demopolis Tigers hosted the Clarke County Bulldogs on Thursday night, and the boys came away with an overtime victory while the girls’ struggles continued.

In the boys game, Demopolis held the lead throughout the game, but in the fourth quarter, allowed Clarke County to climb back into it to tie with under 10 seconds to play.

The Tigers led 13-9 after the first, and in the second, behind 10 points from Tommy Wilson, stretched the lead to32-25 at halftime.

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In the third quarter, Demopolis held a nine-point advantage at one point, but as the quarter closed, so did the gap. Clarke County pulled to within two at 46-44 heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, the teams traded baskets for much of the quarter, but Demopolis held the lead until the Bulldogs hit a clutch shot late in the quarter to tie the game at 59 to send it into overtime.

To start overtime, the Tigers had a flurry of scoring to jump out to a quick lead, but Clarke County never gave up and kept it close until the final buzzer. Demopolis had a 73-71 lead and the ball with 11.8 seconds left, but a bad inbounds pass led to a turnover and a chance for Clarke County to tie or win the game. The Bulldogs got an open look at a three-pointer, but it did not fall, and Demopolis held on to win.

Head coach Rodney Jackson said he was just happy to win the game.

“When that last three went up, it was like time froze,” he said. “When it bounced off, I was just happy to get the win. In the second half, we were in foul trouble, so that contributed to us giving up the lead. We needed that win.”

Wilson led the Tigers with 21 points, followed by Kiante’ Jefferies and Rashad Lynch with 10 points each. Demetrius Kemp added 9, Tyler Perkins and D’metric Howell both had 7, Cortez Lewis had 5 and Roderick Davis had 4.

The win puts the Tigers at 9-10 on the season.

In the girls game, the Lady Tigers were never able to get into a rhythm offensively. They were only able to score three points in the first quarter and eight in the second, and trailed the Lady Bulldogs 22-11 at halftime.

Demopolis closed the gap in the third to bring the score to 27-21 heading into the fourth quarter, but another poor scoring quarter gave Clarke County a 39-28 victory.

Martina Smith and Jonniece Collins led the Lady Tigers with 9 points each, followed by Alexis Jones with 4, and Caleb Washington and Shartisha Tripp with 3 each.

The loss moves the Lady Tigers to 11-5. They have lost four of their last five games.