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February 27, 2013

FINAL 48 (BOYS): Selma’s 3rd-quarter outburst dooms Holly Pond in state semifinal (PHOTO GALLERY)

BIRMINGHAM — The Holly Pond boys basketball team so badly wanted to join its female counterparts in the Class 3A state finals, but it wasn't to be on Wednesday at the BJCC, as Southside-Selma wound up snagging the honors by overwhelming the Broncos in the second half to earn a 60-44 semifinal victory.

Colby Adams swished a 3-pointer to give Holly Pond a seven-point lead in the opening minute of the third quarter before the Panthers went on a 25-6 tear to enter the final frame with a 48-36 advantage.

“Honestly, when that shot went in, I thought, 'Here we go. We're in good shape,” Adams said of his early third-quarter trey. “They just started shooting better than they did in the first half and they kind of took over.”

All the easy and open shots Selma missed in the opening two quarters began to fall after the break. South Regional Tournament MVP Sammarkus Jones came through with two 3's and nine of his 11 points in the second half, while 6-foot-4 forward Jeffery Mack delivered eight of his game-high 15 points in the last 16-minute stretch.

After shooting 41 percent from the field in the first half, the Broncos could only muster an 11-percent mark in the second. They missed 13 straight shots at one point in the third quarter, caved in to the Panthers' increased effort on the defensive side of the court and were never able to close the gap to less than 14 in the fourth.

“They started attacking and putting some more pressure on us,” Holly Pond coach Mitch Morris said. “For whatever reason on this night, this day, we didn't handle it as well.”

“Once they got the lead, we never could regain it. We never could get our composure. I give them credit. They did what they needed to do and it worked out for them.”

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