Updated: Devils fly past LionsPublished 10:20pm Friday, November 8, 2013
The Escambia County High School Blue Devils basketball team won 52-51 over Class 5A Williamson on Friday, in the home opener in Atmore.
The Blue Devils led 14-11 at the end of the first quarter and took a 28-23 lead on a Desmond Williams lay up at the end of the first half.
The Lions tied the game up at the start of the fourth quarter, but a free throw by Williams with less than a second on the clock sealed the 52-51 victory for ECHS.
Williams gave ECHS the lead with a jump hook early in the fourth quarter, but a Blue Devils’ turnover on the next trip down the floor led to a Williamson bucket that tied the game at 39 with 5:22 remaining.
Williams hit one of two free throws to give ECHS a 40-39 lead, but a goaltending call and a foul at the other end gave the Lions a 42-40 lead.
Williamson took a four-point lead on another bucket during its next offensive possession. Williams got a rebound, put back and made a foul shot for a 3-point play that brings the score to 44-43 with 3:58 to play.
Williams hit and shot and was fouled again 10 seconds later. He completed the 3-point play to give the Blue Devils a 46-44 lead. Williamson tied it up during the next possession.
ECHS’ Jarvis Knight hit a three-point shot to give the Blue Devils the lead. Williamson then cut the lead to one, before Dexter Williams picked up two boards and was awarded the ball after a tie up.
Williamson took a 51-49 lead on a three-pointer, but ECHS’ Desmond Williams was fouled on the next possession and hit both shots to tie the game at 51-51.
A bad pass by Williamson gave the Blue Devils the ball with 20 seconds left in the game and the score still tied. The ball changed possession again, before the Blue Devils’ Desmond Williams drove the length of the court and was fouled with less than a second left.
He sank one of two free throws to give ECHS the lead for good.
The Blue Devils travel to Monroeville on Friday to take on Monroe County. The games begin at 4:30 p.m., with the junior varsity boys’ game.
The boys won 67-61 Saturday against Wilcox-Central to improve their record to 2-1.
The Boys traveled to Vigor Tuesday, but the score was not available as of press time.