BIC ousted at junior high district tournament
Buffalo Island Central was outscored 33-21 in the second half as the Mustangs fell 56-44 to Marked Tree in their opening round game of the 1A/2A-10 Junior High District Tournament this past Wednesday in Earle.
Marked Tree got on the board first as Nathan Brinkley hit one of two free throws for the Junior Mustangs to make it 2-1 Junior Indians. Marked Tree scored the next nine points before Brayden Carmichael canned a three-pointer for BIC making it 11-4 Junior Indians with 1:54 left. Marked Tree netted a three-pointer as Grady Peel drilled a three-ball for BIC to make the score 14-7 Junior Indians at the end of one.
The Junior Indians scored first in the second quarter as Matthew McMinn hit one of two free throws for BIC to make it 16-8. Marked Tree scored inside and added two free throws before Brinkley got a steal and layup for the Junior Mustangs making the score 20-10 Junior Indian with 4:07 left. Marked Tree scored a basket and hit one of two free throws as BIC got an inside basket from Mikey Brown and a three-ball from Brinkley. The Junior Mustangs scored the next eight points as Caleb Suiter canned a three-pointer before hitting one of two free throws, Carmichael hit one of two free throws as Suiter drilled another three-pointer to make it 23-23 at the half.
Marked Tree scored inside to open the fourth quarter, Suiter canned a three-pointer for BIC only to see the Junior Indians score the next nine points to go up 34-26 with 3:03 left. Peel hit a jumper in the lane for BIC, Marked Tree hit one of two free throws, Parker Anderson hit one of two free throws for the Junior Mustangs before the Junior Indians hit two free throws. Peel scored inside for BIC, Marked Tree hit a three-ball and two free throws as Eli Couch netted a three-pointer for the Junior Mustangs. Marked Tree made two free throws, Peel scored inside for BIC as the Junior Indians scored inside to make it 46-36 Junior Indians at the end of three.
Peel scored inside for BIC before Marked Tree scored the next six points making it 51-38 Junior Indians with 3:38 left. Carmichael hit two free throws for the Junior Mustangs, Marked Tree scored off the break before Couch and Gauge Davis hit two free throws each for BIC making the score 53-44 Junior Indians. Marked Tree scored the last three points to make the final score 56-44 Junior Indians.
Peel led BIC with 11 points as Suiter added 10 points. Brinkley and Carmichael each had six points, Couch tossed in five points, Davis and Brown scored two points each as McMinn and Anderson chipped in one point each for the Junior Mustangs.
Peel earned all-conference honors for the Junior Mustangs.