Demopolis falls in double overtime

CHATOM — It took two overtime periods, but Demopolis’ four-game winning streak finally came to a close Saturday night as Washington County pulled out a 74-71 victory over the visiting Tigers.

The win gave Washington County first place in the John Taylor Tournament, an eight-team holiday bracket WCHS hosted Friday and Saturday.

Washington County outpaced Demopolis 20-15 in the game’s opening period before the Tigers stormed back with a 16-7 run in the second quarter to carry a 31-27 lead into the half. WCHS won each of the game’s latter quarters and appeared to have a win at hand until Tommy Wilson drained a game-tying three at the end of regulation to tie the game at 55 and force the first overtime period.

With the first overtime coming to a close, Wilson struck again with a dagger from deep to knot the game at 66 and force a second overtime.

“My kids played hard. We made big shots. To take it into overtime, we hit a three. Then, to take it into the second overtime, we hit another three. Tommy Wilson hit both of the threes to take us into the overtime periods,” Demopolis head coach Rodney Jackson said. “It was a tough way to lose, but they played hard. Washington County has a heck of a team. I don’t think they’ve lost a game.”

Wilson led the Demopolis with 21 points while Roderick Davis chipped in 16.

The loss drops the Tigers to 7-7 and is only the second Demopolis setback in the last seven contests.

The Tigers are scheduled to play again Friday when they host area foe Sumter Central.