Marked Tree stuns BIC with last minute comeback

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
BIC's Abraham Lopez battles Marked Tree's Paul Coleman (22) for position during Friday night's junior boy's contest. The Indians outlasted the Mustangs 44-36 in the battle for the league's top spot. (Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)
Mustang guard Miles Gifford uncorks a three pointer during junior high action Friday night at Marked Tree

Buffalo Island Central and Marked Tree have had their skirmishes in the past. Friday night's 2A-3 conference battle was no exception. BIC led most of the night before watching Marked Tree put on a furious fourth quarter rally, stunning the Mustangs 59-53 on the Indians Senior Night.

Trailing 42-36 entering the final period, Marked Tree mounted their comeback beginning with a steal and lay-in by LaQuentin Miles, pulling the Indians to within 42-39. The two teams swapped buckets before Austin Pike delivered a three point play, pushing BIC's lead to 47-41 at the 4:43 mark.

Miles connected on a short jumper to close the gap to four, before Terry Carter's offensive stick-back brought Marked Tree to within 49-47 with 3:04 left. Pike sank both ends of a one and one at the 2:26 mark to up the BIC lead to 51-47.

Neither team could score again until Carter's offensive rebound bucket at the 54 second mark. Carter was also fouled on the shot and the burly senior went to the line, completing the three point play as Marked Tree crept to within 51-50. On the ensuing inbounds play, Marked Tree drew a charging call against Pike, his fifth foul, giving the ball back to the Indians.

Marked Tree took advantage when Carter was fouled attempting a shot, sending the Indian post player to the foul line once again. The 6'1" senior calmly sank both shots, giving the Indians their first lead, 52-51, since early in the first period.

BIC answered when Seth Eatmon was fouled at the 37 second mark. The senior guard nailed both ends of the double bonus, putting the Mustangs back in front, 53-52. Marked Tree raced down the floor where Carter fed DeAngelo Griffin, who banked home a five-footer, giving the Indians the lead, 54-53, with 24 ticks left on the clock.

The Mustangs worked the ball for the potential game winner, and called timeout with 6.6 seconds left to set up one last play. But on the inbounds play following the timeout, BIC's Alan Carmichael was called for a travel, giving the ball back to Marked Tree.

When the Indians put the ball in play, the officials immediately whistled BIC with a technical foul for having six players on the floor, prompting Mustang Coach Bill Taylor to argue the call. Taylor was also given a technical, and the Indians took advantage, sinking three of foul four shots to put the game on ice.

BIC sophomore guard Trey DePriest battles his way past an unidentified Marked Tree defender in senior boy's basketball action Friday night.

BIC led 12-6 after the first quarter and pushed its lead to 28-19 at the half. Marked Tree sliced the Mustang lead down to six entering the final frame.

Pike led BIC with 26 points while Eatmon and Trey DePriest added nine points apiece. Cory Turner scored seven while Carmichael pitched in two points. BIC sank 21-27 foul shots and hit two three pointers.

Carter topped Marked Tree with 23 points while Miles added 11 and Griffin chipped in nine. The Indians connected on 12-17 foul shots and drained three treys.

Mustang Coach Bill Taylor pleads his case to the officials during Friday night's conference matchup at Marked Tree.

Marked Tree also took the junior high game 44-36 to take over sole possession of first place in the conference race. Paul Coleman scored 18 points to lead the Indians.

Abraham Lopez topped BIC with 13. Miles Gifford scored nine and Andrew McFarlin netted eight.

BIC began the week, falling to Marmaduke 64-60 Tuesday night at the Mustang Athletic Complex. Eddie Page blistered the nets for 32 points to lead the Greyhounds while Tyler Vowell added 16. Marmaduke hit 23-26 foul shots and canned three treys on the evening.

Austin Pike and Seth Eatmon led the Mustangs with 20 points apiece. Eatmon drilled six three pointers. Trey DePriest scored 10 while Cory Turner and Alan Carmichael chipped in five points apiece. BIC led 14-12 after the first break before Marmaduke rallied for a 25-20 halftime lead. The Greyhounds led 47-38 after three quarters.

In junior high action, BIC defeated Marmaduke 44-31. Andrew McFarlin led the Mustangs with 15. Cannon Walling and Miles Gifford scored seven points apiece while Chayse Carmichael, Jace Couch and Abraham Lopez all added five points each.

BIC returns to action Tuesday night with a nonconference road trip to Bay. The Mustangs close out the 2A-3 conference season Friday night at Rector.

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