BIC Mustangs advance in NEA defeating Marmaduke and Salem
JONESBORO -- The Buffalo Island Mustangs, top-seeded in the Class A-AA division of the NEA Invitational Tournament, advanced to the semifinals with a hard-fought 69-62 victory here Saturday night over the Marmaduke Greyhounds.
"Marmaduke fought us every step of the way tonight," BIC coach Bill Taylor said. "But give a lot of credit to our guys for keeping their composure and holding on for the win."
The win boosted BIC to a 20-1 season mark and into the semifinal game slated for Monday night against fourth-seeded Crawfordsville. The winner of that contest will meet either Riverside or Weiner in the title game at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
BIC gave themselves a little breathing room by scoring 25 points in the second quarter, but they never really put the game away until late in the fourth.
Marmaduke came out on fire in the game and served notice they would be a formidable foe for the favored Mustangs.
But the BIC surge gave the Mustangs a 44-33 lead at the half. Neither team gained much momentum in the third quarter, but the Hounds were able to close the gap in the fourth and threatened to accomplish a huge upset.
The Greyhounds closed it to 64-60 at one point and had a chance to narrow the margin to two, but missed on a crucial shot. That allowed the Mustangs to hold on and advance.
Brooks Taylor was the offensive standout for the Mustangs, scorching the nets for 33 points. He made four three-pointers in the game, including two from exceptionally long range. Brandon Ballard directed the offense and contributed 17 points. Mark Teguns had a strong game for the Mustangs, scoring 12 points, including three treys. Also scoring were Josh Nettles 4
and Mark Hawkins 3.
John Clark led the way for Marmaduke with 19 points. Nathan Haynes and Jordan Gott joined him in double figures with 15 and 13 respectively. BIC hit 11 of 17 free throws while Marmaduke struggled at the line, going
Win Over Salem
BIC used a 14-0 second quarter run to move ahead 34-14 at the half en route to a 73-42 victory Friday over Salem in tournament action.
The Mustangs then came out in the second half determined to put the Greyhounds away and never let the lead get below 18 points.
BIC relied heavily on three-point shooting, connecting on 14 of its attempts.
Hawkins, who had six of the treys, scored a team-high 18 points. Taylor was right behind him with 16 and Teguns had 11. Also scoring were Jonas Rose 9 (all on threes), Ballard 8, Nettles 6, Hunter Smith 3 and Derek Rolland 2.
Phillip Taylor had nine points for Salem.
BIC was 3-6 at the charity stripe while Salem went 6-10.
"We played a sloppy game," Taylor said. "We looked like a team that was relying only on the three-point shot."