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Mixson upset with officiating in season ender

By Michael Butler

Tallassee ended its 2023-24 basketball season in Demopolis falling 50-45 in the sub-regional round of the playoffs. The Tiger boys finished with a 13-14 record.

Coach Keiven Mixson talked about the disparity in the Saturday night matchup - fouls.

"Our guys prepared and played too well for officiating to help win the game for the home team," Mixson said. "I thought we were the better team.  We executed our game plan to perfection.

"24 fouls against us and seven for them. Think about that. Demopolis only fouled seven times in 32 minutes of a very fast-paced, up-tempo game. The officials fouled out three of my starters. Officials have got to be held more accountable for their actions."

Mixson also spoke about an issue with officiating during the Valley game last week. The Rams beat the Tigers 94-63 for the area tournament championship.

"The home team broke protocol and somehow got their officials to officiate our game. I talked with the head of officials in Alabama to confirm I was right. I was thrown out of the area championship game in the first three minutes for being out of the coaches box. Area games are supposed to be officiated by outside crews.

"My team the past two games have had to battle and play through this. I sure hope we can clean this up. How do I go in the locker room to a young group of men and explain to them why we can't get a fair game called?"

Tallassee was led by Rowen Thornton, who scored 21. The junior averaged 21.2 points per game this season. He made 52 three-pointers and shot 70 percent from the free throw line.

"He had an incredible season. He has worked very hard to have the success he's had. He's a special talent. I think he could be one of the best players in the state next year."

Tallassee is losing three seniors; Jamarrion McCoy, Jakai McCoy and Roderious Glover.

"It was pretty tough on them the other night. They were heartbroken," said Mixson. "It's over. We're going to get prepared for next season, but it's just frustrating. I'm just so proud of what this group was able to accomplish."