The Rosepine Eagles used a stout defense and an opportunistic offense to pull away from the Merryville Panthers in the fourth quarter in the the final game of the opening day of the Rosepine Tournament on Thursday, 51-41.
The game was close from the start, with the teams exchanging baskets in a first quarter which ended with them separated by just two points at 14-12. 
For Merryville, Chris Flemones carried the Panthers in the quarter, scoring all but two of their points, including two on three-pointers. John Hobbs got the other two points on a breakaway layup.
The Eagles were led by sophomore standout Julius Jackson, who hit two threes of his own. The Eagles also got scores from Ethan Calcote and Kyle Dillon.
The second quarter looked like it would belong to Rosepine, who started the quarter on a 7-2 run, with five of those points coming from the foul line. 
Merryville was only able to get six points in the period, on two baskets from Flemones and another layup from Hobbs.
But Rosepine cooled off late in the quarter, getting only two points in the last four minutes of the period and the teams went to the half with Rosepine ahead, 23-18.
The Panthers scored the first five points of the third quarter to even it up before Rosepine scored. The teams exchanged baskets before Jackson hit a three from the right corner with 3:30 to go.
With Flemones having to sit because of cramps, the Panthers got points from Cody Branch, Eric Palmer and a driving layup from Hobbs to pull them within two with just 10 seconds left in the frame.
But Rosepine hustled the ball up the court and Jackson drained a three from well behind the the arc as the buzzer sounded to push the lead back to five going into the fourth.
The Eagles kept the pressure up for the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, running the lead up to 39-30 before Merryville scored.
From there, the teams traded baskets with the Panthers unable to mount a serious threat and the game ended as a win for the Eagles.