MARMADUKE Playing before the largest crowd to ever watch a Greyhound team in action at Marmaduke, the Greyhounds shocked highly regarded Buffalo Island Central (BIC) 68-60 in a semifinal regional tournament game Saturday evening.
The capacity of Marmaduke's gymnasium is officially 1,850. The number of spectators who watched this game or tried to watch it was estimated at around 2,200. This meant that the crowd exceeded standing room only. Scores of spectators jammed in the lobby used their ears...listening to the roar of the crowd...and their imagination to follow the game as they caught only fleeting glimpses of the game itself.
With Shane Jordan scoring 11 points in the first quarter, Marmaduke, the third seed from District 3AA North, jumped out to a 19-12 lead over BIC, seeded first from the same district. With both teams scoring 13 second quarters points the halftime score was 32-25 in Marmaduke's favor.
At 5:01 of the third quarter John Clark scored on an offensive put-back and the Hounds lead was still seven points at 38-31.
The Mustangs would then hearten their fans and dismay the Hound fans as they closed the quarter with a 13-1 run to take a 44-39 lead at it's end.
A Brandon Ballard pass to Mark Hawkins resulted in a trey at 4:09 that trimmed the Hound lead to two points at 38-36. This was the third trey that Hawkins hit in the frame. BIC fans then nearly took the roof of the gymnasium off when a Cal Rose trey at 2:35 gave them a 39-38 lead.
Although Marmaduke had led nearly the entire game, the brows of many Hound fans were wrinkled with concern when they stared at a five point deficit as the quarter ended.
In the final frame a Ballard pass to Hawkins resulted in his fifth trey of the game at 5:57 and a 48-41 BIC lead. Twenty seconds later a Kenneth Barnham trey for the Hounds made the score 48-44 and seemed to signal to the vast throng present we aren't giving up'!
One minute later a Josh Bateman steal would lead to a John Clark lay-up to make the score 48-46. Both teams scored two points before Bateman went to the line at 3:11 to nail two free throws to deadlock things 50-50.
At 2:59 Rose hit one of two free throws to give BIC the lead at 51-50. Bateman answered as he fired an assist inside to Jordan and Hounds led 52-51 at 2:47.
Brooks Taylor then scored off an offensive rebound at 2:24 and BIC was back in front at 53-52.
Each lead change was greeted by a vigorous roar from the fans of the team taking the lead.
Bateman's trey at 2:10 put Marmaduke up yet again at 55-53. A Ballard lay-up at 1:59 meant it was even again at 55-55. Two free throws by Bateman at 1:46 and a lay-up resulting pass from Bateman to Jordan at 1:28 resulted in a 59-55 Hound lead.
When Clark hit two free throws at 1:14, after coming up with a clutch steal, to make the score 61-55 Hound fans seemed to catch the scent of victory.
Twice in the final minute a Ballard basket would cut the BIC deficit to 4 points but each time Bateman would find the answer keeping the Hound lead safely inflated.
A key factor in the game was the 13 of 14 free throw shooting by the Hounds in the final period.
The win left the Hounds with a 31-9 record. It also sent them to the state tournament at Newark after a date with Hughes for the regional championship
BIC finished the season at 32-3 In two previous meetings with the Hounds this season they defeated the Hounds respectively by seven and eight points. BIC was ranked high in class AA all season. They are very young and talented and will be making noise in the future.
For the Hounds Jordan had 29 points and 8 rebounds. Bateman had 17 points and 10 assists with 11 of his points coming in the fourth quarter. Clark scored 11 points and had 18 rebounds. Barnham made 8 points and Kyle Richey scored 3 points.
Hawkins led BIC in scoring with 17 points. Ballard scored 16 points. Taylor had 12 points, Shepard scored 9 points, Rose had 4 points and Teguns made 2 points. For the game BIC made ten treys.
BIC assistant Coach Mark Hurst said, "This was quite a battle between two great teams. We have had a great year. I am proud of the way the kids played tonight. We had dug ourselves a hole and it was hard to find a way back, but the kids battled hard and got back in it. Coach Taylor has done an outstanding job this year. We went 32-3 and beat some good teams along the way. We are young. Most of our kids are coming back and I believe we will be heard from in the future."
Marmaduke Coach Steve Richey said, "What an atmosphere this was tonight. They would go ahead and their fans would go nuts. We would go ahead and our fans would go nuts. Our kids deserve this...don't get me wrong, I thought in the third quarter we might be done...we looked a little tired and a little shell shocked for a little while but that's when the heart kicked in. When these kids were eighth graders I told them for us to be successful we have got to run the light bill up in the gym. These kids came in during the summers and after school to work on fundamentals and a system they believe in. They believe in the system and they believe in each other and that's all that can be said."
On Thursday in an opening round regional game the Hounds beat Crawfordsville 96-67. The Hounds had quarter leads of 19-10, 42-32 and 70-46.
Clark scored 36 points with 18 rebounds. Bateman had 25 points with 18 assists. Jordan had 23 points and 10 rebounds. Barnham, Dane Boggs, Kyle Richey, Jordan Gott and Bruce Wallace had 2 points each. Nick Boggs and Brian Potter scored 1 point each..