BIC Blasts Marmaduke 84-49
Down by two points after one quarter, the Buffalo Island Central Mustangs exploded for 32 points in the second frame as they defeated the Marmaduke Greyhounds, 84-49, at home Friday night, improving their record to 28-1 (11-0) for the season.
A three-pointer by Brandon Ballard at 5:40 put his team into the lead at 3-0. This would be a harbinger of things to come, as BIC would nail 14 treys in the game.
After Marmaduke tied the game 3-3, Brooks Taylor hit two to put BIC up again 5-3. Taylor then struck again as he stole the ball and made a lay-up at 5:00 to push the Mustangs ahead 7-3. Following a two-point basket by the Hounds, John Clark would drain a trey at 4:24 that put the Greyhounds ahead 8-7. Taylor then swished a short jumper and BIC had the lead back at 9-8.
Clark made a driving lay-up, then added one of two freethrows at 3:02 as the Hounds hung tough, regaining the lead 11-9. The Mustangs answered when Josh Nettles passed inside to Ballard for a basket that deadlocked the game 11-11 at 2:19.
A lob pass from Brian Potter to Dane Boggs led to a lay-up that allowed the Hounds to go back in front 13-11 at 0:55. With four seconds remaining in the quarter Ballard passed the ball to Taylor, who scored in the paint as he was fouled. His ensuing freethrow edged BIC in front 14-13. A 40-foot buzzer-beating three-pointer by Clark would let the Hounds go in front and lead 16-14 after one quarter. The first quarter witnessed eight lead changes.
The Mustangs are ranked number two in the state in class AA. In the second frame against Marmaduke they showed why they are ranked that high.
Four straight free throws by Taylor nudged BIC back in front, 18-16. A short jumper by Tony Whitaker evened things up at 18-18 at 6:51. The Mustangs came right back as Taylor's short jumper rolled in at 6:34, giving BIC a 20-18 advantage. This time the Mustangs would never relinquish the lead. Following Ballard's trey at 6:17, BIC's lead went to 23-18. Marmaduke's Potter hit one of two freethrows before Ballard tallied another three-pointer at 5:28 to make the score 26-19. Ballard, now red hot, next scored via a driving lay-up at 4:51 to make the score 28-19.
After a freethrow by Marmaduke sharpshooter Mark Hawkins hit a trey that gave BIC a 10-point lead of 31-21 at 4:16. Showing that he could pass as well as shoot, Taylor fed Hawkins, who responded with another trey that left the score 34-21 at the 3:07 mark.
BIC's offensive whirlwind continued unabated the rest of the frame as they led 46-29 at halftime.
They continued to roll in the third period, leading 69-41 when that period's buzzer sounded.
Ballard led BIC with 23 points and Taylor was right behind with 21. Ten of Ballard's points came in the second frame and he had five three-pointers in the game. Hawkins scored 15, all on three-pointers. Mark Teguns and Josh Nettles each tallied six points. Jonas Rose scored four points. Kenny Garrett, Tandy Ibanez, Derek Rolland and L. B. Cole each made two points and Brett Sexton scored one.
Clark scored 20 for Marmaduke.
After the game, coach Bill Taylor said, "We started slow. We were down by two going into the second quarter. At that point our shots really started going in. We executed as well as we have all year and it was a real good conference win for us."
Concerning the second-quarter spark supplied by Taylor and Ballard, Taylor said "they are our two best players and they performed the way they are supposed to do. They do their job well and that's what we expect from them."
BIC rallied to win the junior high game, 64-61. Marmaduke led 12-9, 28-22 and 46-43 after the first three quarters.
Garrett Qualls led BIC with 37 points. Lance Davis had nine points. Terry Roach made eight points. Jordan Griggs had six and Nick Birdno and Jordan Phillips each scored two. BIC is now 16-7 (7-4).
Last Tuesday night BIC beat Bay 73-67 on the road in double overtime in a game filled with intensity. Coach Taylor said, "It was a great road win for us that we could easily have lost."
BIC led 21-20 after one quarter. Junior Brooks Taylor scored 19 of BIC's points in that frame. BIC increased their lead to 41-38 at halftime as Taylor scored 15 points in the second quarter.
Taylor finished with 53 points, breaking the school's single-game record of 50 points set by Chip Layne.
Coach Taylor said, "Brooks shot the ball real well. His teammates did a good job of setting him up. I was proud of the way he shot the ball but the most important thing was that we got the win."
Bay came back in the third period as they were only down 52-49 going into the final period.
In the final period Bay rallied, leaving the score tied 62-62 after regulation.
In the first overtime each team only scored two points. With the score tied BIC held the ball to set up a last second shot but the shot didn't fall.
In the second overtime Taylor scored five of his record 53 points as BIC pulled away. Taylor scored seven points in each of the last two quarters of regulation. He went 14-of-15 from the free throw line and had five three-pointers in the game. Other BIC scorers were Ballard with 14, Hawkins with four and Teguns scored two.
Bay won the junior high game, 63-57.
Roach led BIC in scoring with 19 points. Qualls scored 18 points. Griggs had nine points, Davis made eight and Phillips added three.
Bay had quarter leads of 16-10, 34-25 and 46-39.
BIC is scheduled to travel Tuesday to Caraway to meet Riverside and then will travel Friday to Walnut Ridge.