WOODLAWN RALLYS PAST LIONS, 82-77
December 15, 2012By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
PRATTVILLE FALTERS IN FOURTH QUARTER AGAIN DESPITE JUSIN COLEMAN'S 29 POINTS.
Prattville basketball coach Xavier Robinson probably feels as if his boys’ basketball team has a black cloud hanging over their head.
With 5:14 left Friday night December 14, playing on their home court the Lions’ Zack Darby drained a trey from the corner putting Prattville on top 68-67 in a hard fought battle with the Woodlawn Colonels from Birmingham.
Victory appeared imminent. The Lions would pick up win number three.
Alas, the black cloud wouldn’t go away. Woodlawn rallied to outscore Prattville, 15-9, down the stretch to win, 82-77 sending the Lions to their fifth defeat of the season.
Woodlawn improved to 6-6.As the final period began Prattville trailed Woodlawn 65-59. Slowly Prattville began to peck away at the Colonels. Ky Ward hit two free throws trimming the lead to 65-61.
Woodlawn went down court with Degayus Bennett tossing in a bucket giving the Colonels a 67-61 lead. The Lions then went on a mini 7-0 run to take a 68-67 lead. Justin Coleman hit two free throws and added a deuce to go with Darby’s trey for the lead.
Woodlawn went down court and knotted the game with Jamarcus Scott’s free throw. After a Lion turnover Bennett tie the game with a layup with 3:38 left.
Prattville came down court with Coleman flipping in a floater for a 70-70 knot with 3:20 left. It would be the Lion’s last hoorah, as Woodlawn closed out the game with a 12-7 run sending the Lions to another disappointing defeat.
Prattville played outstanding basketball as the game began battling the Colonels on even terms for the first quarter. The opening round found the Lions and Colonels knotted five times. The final tie came with 30 seconds left at 23-all. Woodlawn took the lead with two free throws from Gamble.
Woodlawn pulled away in the second period with a 14-8 run after Prattville took a 28-27 lead with a trey from Coleman and a turnaround jumper from Cody Smith.
The Colonels responded by winning the final six minutes of the quarter, 18-14 to take a halftime margin, 45-42.
Woodlawn stretched the lead to six points as the third quarter ended setting up the final disappointing minutes of the fourth quarter.
Justin Coleman ended the game as the high scorer with 29 points. Zack Darby added 15-points on five treys, while Cody Smith tossed in ten points.
Roderick Gamble led the Colonels with 17- points, while Bennett added 14 and Glenn had 13- points.