Demopolis downs Greenville in thriller

Published 10:20 pm Friday, January 25, 2013

The Demopolis Tigers hosted the Greenville Tigers on Friday, and both the girls and boys came away with victories.

In the boys game, it was tight throughout the game. With 2:07 to play, Demopolis trailed by four, but brought it even with under a minute to go. With 40.8 seconds left and the game tied at 57, D’metric Howell made one of two free throws to give the Tigers the one-point lead.

Demopolis put Greenville on the line with 20 seconds to play, and they made one of two free throws. Greenville was able to grab the offensive rebound with 15.7 seconds left, but a steal and a foul put Roderick Davis on the line for Demopolis. He made both to give Demopolis a 60-58 lead. Greenville went down the court and drew a foul, but Demetrius Kemp came up with a big rebound and Davis was sent back to the free throw line.

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Davis made both shots to give Demopolis a three-point lead, 62-59. On the inbounds play, Cortez Lewis came up with a steal to seal the game.

Head coach Rodney Jackson said the difference in the fourth quarter was how his team attacked.

“I told them to attack more because I knew we had them in foul trouble,” he said. “Roderick was huge for us, and him and Tommy (Wilson) are the staple of this team. I’m extremely happy right now. The ball rolled our way tonight.”

Demopolis had 35 points heading into the fourth quarter, and exploded for 27 in the fourth.

Davis finished with 18 points and Wilson had 16. Lewis finished with 10 and Rashad Lynch had 6 points.

In the girls game, Jonniece Collins finished the game with 12 points, 10 steals and 9 rebounds, just one board short of a triple double.

The Lady Tigers led throughout the game, including holding a 20-point lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, Caleb Washington closed the quarter with 12 straight points.

The fourth quarter had a running clock because Demopolis led by more than 30 points, and head coach Tony Pittman played the eighth-grade girls to finish the game. Demopolis won the game 53-27.

The Tigers’ next game is at home on Thursday against Bibb County for senior night.