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Tigers end season in Greenville

By Michael Butler

Tallassee's road to the Final Four was halted in the Sweet 16. On an NCAA level, that is where the Tiger boys' basketball team stacked up losing in the Class 5A Southeast Regional at Greenville 80-55 on Friday.

"We didn’t execute against Greenville," head coach Keiven Mixson said. "We needed to set up and run our offense and make them work and we didn’t.  They controlled the pace of the game. Give them credit."

It is another good run for Mixson in his fourth season at THS. Last year's team reached the regional for the first time since the format had been devised coming short against Sylacauga.

Tallassee turned its season around after falling to Pike Road 55-54 on a three-pointer as time expired on Jan. 26 at Stumberg Gym. At that point the team had played just nine games with just over a week remaining in the regular season. The Tigers were 3-6 with an abbreviated COVID schedule.

Mixson's club then went on to win its next eight games including the area championship and sub-regional, each in come-from-behind fashion.

Humphery

The sub-regional win over No. 3 Talladega was one for the ages. Tallassee won 86-80. Senior Jamicah Humphery scored 51.

"Jamicah put on probably if I had to guess one of the top performances in the history of Tallassee basketball. It’s one of those games we will talk about for many many years," Mixson said. "Our win over Talladega tells us that our basketball team is one step closer to our goal. (Talladega) has a rich tradition in basketball, so that was a big win for our program."

Tallassee ended its season with an 11-7 record.

"To the fans who support us when we win and when we lose we are very thankful for their support," said Mixson. "To my seniors it is hard to believe it’s over, but they have blessed my life and I pray that they will use the life lessons we teach  in our program and use them in their lives."

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