Gadsden City went on an 12-0 run to open the fourth period to turn a five-point deficit into seven-point lead that it never relinquished to hold off Class 7A No. 5 Sparkman 54-50 in Gadsden on Friday night.
Dee Pearson scored five of his game-high 20 points during the stretch to spark the Titans (11-9), who have won six of their last seven games.
“We’ve learned that we need to listen to coach Huff because he knows how to win,” Pearson said of the key to Gadsden City’s recent success.
Indeed it has been quite a turnaround for the Titans, who started the season 0-5.
After building a 45-38 lead with 4:35 left to play, Gadsden City spent the remainder of the period trading baskets with the Senators (14-6).
Sparkman managed to draw within two points of the Titans with 1:35 left to play, but Pearson put the game out of reach with less than 30 seconds left with a clutch basket.
In addition to Pearson’s spark in the fourth period, Tyler Tucker hit two huge 3-pointers during during the first five minutes of the final period. His second came with 3:46 left to go to give Gadsden City its largest lead (eight points) of the game.
Demetrius Huff tallied a double-double for the Titans with 20 points and 16 rebounds.
Tyrese Elliott led Sparkman with 11 points followed by Kendall Wright and Malik Tyson with 10 points each.
Sparkman 50, Gadsden City 24
Sparkman jumped out to a double-digit lead in the opening period and never looked back to hand Gadsden City the area loss.
The Titans managed to draw within seven points of the Class 7A No. 5 Senators (17-3) early in the third period but that would be as close as they would come for the night.
Sparkman held Gadsden City scoreless in the fourth period until the three-minute mark to further build its lead before doubling up the Titans.
Deseree Walker paced the Senators with 13 points, while Deyana Dodd had 11.
Camille Jenkins led Gadsden City with nine.
The Titans return to area action Tuesday night at Huntsville.
Courtesy of The Gadsden Times writer Kevin Taylor