Marmaduke raced past Riverside in the second half of Tuesday night's 2A-3 district tournament at Rector to post a 53-44 victory, ending the Rebel's season while sending the Greyhounds to next week's regional tournament at Midland.
The two teams battled to a 25-25 halftime tie, but the Greyhounds came out strong in the third quarter, outscoring the Rebels 21-9 to take a 46-34 lead into the fourth period.
(Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)
Marmaduke (22-12) also got double digit scoring from sophomore point guard Morgan Hawley and Tyler Nailling, who finished with 12 and 10 points respectively. The Greyhounds won despite committing 27 turnovers in the game with a strong defensive performance, holding the Rebels to just six of 24 field goal attempts in the second half.
"We really played well defensively in the second half," said Marmaduke coach Steve Richey. "We did have some problems with turnovers, but our defense carried us through. These kids have never been in a game this big. Our zone defense has been our saving grace the entire season. We were fortunate that we were getting defensive stops to overcome all the turnovers."
"We just made too many mistakes," said Riverside coach Buster Campbell. "We have heart, but we just dug ourselves into too big of a hole. We have had too many breakdowns all year long. That's been the story of our season. The good thing is we have almost everyone back. We have only one senior, Bryan Poe, who is just a great kid. We will just have to work hard over the summer and get better."
Riverside was led by Jake Love who scored a game high 21 points, but was the only Rebel in double figures. Josh Anderson had eight points, Cole Winford netted six, Morgan Fletcher tallied five, Jake Emery contributed three while M.J. Brewer added one.
Riverside, who finished the season 11-18, began the tournament with a 55-40 victory Monday night over Cross County. Josh Anderson led the Rebels with 18 points while Cole Winford and Jake Love pitched in 12 and 10 points respectively. Tyler Rolland scored seven, James Boness tallied four while Bryan Pot and Mitchell Staggs added two points each.
Garrett Lace scored a game high 23 points to lead the Thunderbirds.