InSain 3rd quarter lifts Tigers over Cascade

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Marshall County's DeAndre Brown (22) soars to the hoop for two points at Cascade Friday night. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Marshall County Tigers, riding a five-game winning streak, travelled to Cascade Friday night and thanks to a havoc filled 29-point third quarter, MCHS marched home to Lewisburg with a big 74-59 win.

"That atmosphere was great, small town, big time athletics, that's what it's about and they had a sixth man here in the first half, they were with it, and I think it rattled us a little bit, they couldn't even hear the calls we were calling," said MCHS head coach Arnett Bodenhamer. "We went into half time and I told them let's play, just play your game and you see when we turn the defensive intensity up, it's a whole new ballgame."

High marks

Malek Sain (2) looks up as one of his four 3-pointers on the night heads to the hoop.

Malek Sain poured in a game-high 32 points for the Tigers, including four 3-pointers and an 8-9 performance from the free throw line for the junior southpaw.

Sain would be the catalyst in the huge third quarter for Marshall County, scoring 14 points in the period.

After an early slim Cascade lead, the Tigers sent notice they were there to play, matching every effort the Champions through at them, taking the lead late on a Quavion Harris basket that staked MCHS to a 16-14 after the first quarter.

The second quarter was much of the same with both squads trading three-point leads, first on a Sain 3-pointer midway through the period and after a turnaround by Cascade that resulted in a pair of three-point leads on baskets by Hayden Edmondson and Dakota Newcomb.

Critical shots

DeAndre Brown came back to tie the game on a 3-pointer for the Tigers with 30 seconds remaining in the first half before a steal by Chris Walker gave Bodenhamer a chance to call a timeout to set up a play with 23 ticks left.

Walker would take advantage of the setup, scoring with seconds remaining to give the Tigers a 30-28 halftime lead.

The second half began in an uneventful manner with Sain hitting one free throw, but from there, everything went haywire for the Champions as the Tigers turned up the defensive pressure cooker.

After a Sain steal and subsequent timeout by Cascade 11 seconds into the quarter, Sain drilled a 3-pointer out of the stoppage, making it a 36-28 ballgame.

Kacy Pleas (3) takes the rock strong to the hole for the Tigers, who beat Cascade 74-54 in Wartrace Friday night.

Over the next five plus minutes, the Tigers turned every Cascade missed shot and bobble of the basketball into points of the fast break variety, outscoring the Champions 13-0 before James Latimore knocked in a rebound for the home team with 2:10 remaining in the period.

Important burst

The Tigers did not let up on the defensive end, while going on another 10-4 burst to finish off the quarter and finish off the Champions as they went to the fourth quarter with a huge 59-34 lead.

Marshall County (13-6, 4-0) would lose the fourth quarter 20-15, but their margin built in the pivotal third period was more than enough to secure the victory.

"We're deep, we can play, and I'll take this kids over anybody," said Bodenhamer. "I love my kids and I love the way they handled adversity tonight, they adjusted and did what they were supposed to do."

Brown also had a big night for Lewisburg, putting up 21 points in the contest, while Kacy Pleas, Walker, and Trey Crutcher had four points apiece, Darius McKenzie netted three, and Caleb Fields, Harris, and Zach Johnson all ended up with two points.

Lattimore led the Champions with 15 and Austin Gentry was also in double figures with 10.

MCHS faces its biggest test of the year when they travel to No. 2 ranked CPA (17-4, 4-0) on Tuesday.