Saints cruise to regionals

Head Coach Daron Rembert instructs senior guard Phadarion York against Marbury.

The Selma Saints boys basketball team shook off an early slow start and cruised to a 63-34 subregional win over the Marbury Tigers in AHSAA Class 5A playoff basketball competition.

Senior guard Jarvis Moss got the Area 7 champions off to a hot start with a deep three pointer and Aaron Strong followed with a layup. Selma and Marbury turned the ball over and had sloppy play resulting in the Saints leading 17-10 after one quarter of play.

Selma’s bench turned up the heat with pressure defense and pulled away to 38-18 halftime score as Dakari Carmichael, Phadarion York and Dakaari Nelson combined to add 10 points.

The Saints dominated the second half with hot shooting and relentless defense. Selma will be making its first appearance in the Boys Regional round since 2011.

UT-Martin football signee Dion Nelson Jr. punctuated the win with a thunderous dunk from the baseline in the fourth period and led a balanced scoring effort with 14 points. Sixth-man Javonte Stubbs added 11, Moss had 10, and Strong chipped 8 with another stellar defensive performance.

The Saints travel to Mobile to take on the Leflore High School Rattlers on Friday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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