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Salem boys fall to Allatoona

Following a dominating performance by its girls team, Salem couldn't pull off a playoff sweep Wednesday when its second-seeded boys' team fell to Allatoona 69-56.

The Salem Seminoles tried to push things from the beginning looking for ways to score outside of its half-court offense. However, the Buccaneers handled the full court pressure with ease and jumped out to a 10-2 lead. 

Salem never fully recovered, getting no closer than within seven points the rest of the way.

Trying to force their half-court offense, the Salem Seminoles shot just 22.7 percent from the field (5 of 22) in the first half. The Buccaneers made 11 of 23 of their shots to take a 27-18 advantage after the first two quarters.

After scoring nine points in each of the first two quarters, Salem improved slightly in the next two, scoring 16 in the third and 12 in the fourth.

After making it a 10-point game, 44-34 at the end of three quarters, Salem opened up the final eight minutes on a 6-2 run to bring the game to its closest deficit. Jousef Lumpkin, who made two free throws, during the stretch, capped it on a jumper in the lane.

Lumpkin finished with nine points, while Jamaal Garror led the way with 22 and Dedrick Turner had 17 points for Salem.

It was just the second time Salem hosted a playoff game, having earned the second seed by reaching the Region 8-AAAAA finals against Gainesville on Feb. 16.

Allatoona will play Sprayberry in the second round Friday.