Page stuns Tigers in OT
The Marshall County Tigers (16-10) were bounced from the playoffs in the first round of the District 12-AA tournament for the second straight year, as they suffered a heartbreaking 92-86 double overtime loss to sixth seeded Page at home on Tuesday night.
MCHS had won the last 12 meetings against the Patriots and were welcoming back senior guard Aaron Hobbs, who had had sat out the last eight weeks due to a hand injury, but Page (9-16) didn't seemed fazed by the recent history of the series and battled Marshall County to a 70-70 tie at the end of regulation.
The Tigers then trailed 76-73 late in the first overtime before sophomore guard Malek Sain hit a three-pointer in the waning seconds of the period to knot the score at 76-76.
The Patriots, however, refused to fold and outscored Marshall County 12-6 in the second overtime to pull off the upset.
Marshall County finished with 33 field goals on 43 percent shooting and knocked down 6-of-22 three-point attempts, but left a number of points at the foul line and hit only 14-of-28 free throws overall, which included a 2-of-10 effort in the fourth quarter and two overtime periods.
Sain leads scoring
With point guard Chris Walker missing his second straight game because of a high ankle sprain, Sain once again picked up the slack offensively for the Tigers and poured in 31 points on 13-of-23 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds.
D'Andre Brown followed Sain with 19 points and Kacy Pleas added 15 points. Jay Howard also tallied eight points and 12 rebounds, while Steven Dangerfield chipped in six points. Darious McKenzie, Hobbs, and Tre Crutcher rounded out the scoring for MCHS with four, three, and two points respectively.
Although Marshall County outrebounded Page 47-35 and held a 20-7 edge on the offensive glass, the Patriots shot 50 percent (32-of-64) from the field and made 8-of-23 attempts from beyond the arc while hitting 20-of-29 free throws.
Dylan White led four Page players in double figures with 26 points. Stewart Ringstaff notched 18 points for the Patriots as well, while Christian Denton and Luke Roney added 15 points and 10 points respectively.
MCHS looked like they might run Page out of the gym early on and bolted out to an 11-2 lead midway through the first quarter with the help of five points apiece from Sain and Pleas.
The Patriots then went on a 18-8 run to pull ahead 20-19 early in the second period, but Marshall County outscored Page 13-3 over the next five minutes on the strength of five points from Brown and four points from Dangerfield to grab a 32-23 advantage.
After notching the final four points of the first half to cut the deficit to 32-27, the Patriots caught fire offensively in the third quarter and opened the stanza with an 18-8 spurt to seize a 45-40 lead.
Marshall County then put together a 15-6 run, highlighted by treys from Sain and Brown, to grab a 55-51 advantage early in the fourth quarter, before Page outscored MCHS 16-11 over the next 5:09 to knot the contest at 67-67.
Hobbs drilled a three to put the Tigers up 70-67, but Ringstaff canned a trey to retie the score at 70-70 with 1:55 left in the fourth quarter.
Both teams then missed opportunities to win the game in regulation, before the Patriots tallied four of the first five points in overtime to claim a 74-71 lead.
After Sain hit a runner to narrow the gap to 74-73, Page stretched their lead to 76-73 with :12 left thanks to free throws from White and Lucas Cramer, but Sain nailed a three from the right wing with :03 remaining to retie the game at 76-76.
In the second overtime, the Patriots put the pressure back on the Tigers by opening the stanza with an 11-5 spurt to seize a 87-81 advantage with 1:00 left
Brown converted a three-point play to cut the deficit to 87-84 with :45 remaining, but MCHS came up empty on two of their next three possessions while Roney hit five free throws during that span to seal Page's 92-86 victory.