By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy was simply out-manned Wednesday afternoon in the quarter-final round of the Overall Basketball Tournament at Mississippi College.
Jackson Academy, second seed from AAA, pulled away from the Patriots in the second quarter, number four seed from AA, and cruised to a 75-43 win.
Theyre extremely well-coached (by Bill Ball) and very talented thats a tough combination, said MA head coach Craig Dailey, whose team finishes 31-14 in his first year at the school. Their pressure hurt us. They just wear you down keep running at you. Their eighth man was a star at Winona Christian last year.
The season-ending setback came after Marshalls first win in the Mississippi Private School Association Overall Tournament in many years, 53-30 over DeSoto, Ark., Tuesday, Feb. 21.
This team set a solid foundation for the future, he said. Im excited. Weve got something to build on.
The Patriots were up on JA 10-6 in the early going. But the Raiders reeled off seven straight points, four of those the result of their full-court pressure, and they never looked back.
The Raiders hit nine threes in the contest, four of those in the second quarter. They led 41-26 at the half.
Thomas Rodgers topped the Patriots point production with 14. He also led in rebounds with six. John David Sanders followed with 12 points.
JA went on to win the Overall, beating Brookhaven in the championship contest.
Marshall vs. DeSoto
Marshall easily took care of DeSoto, third seed from Class A, in the opening round of the Overall Tournament.
J.D. Sanders poured in 14, including four threes. Rodgers and John Greer added 12 each. J.D. Sanders and Rodgers had six rebounds each, and Will Forester had five steals.
The Patriots outscored DeSoto 33-14 in the second half.
It was a good win for us Marshalls first win here in a while, Dailey said. Any win at Overall is huge.
We started slowly. Im sure part of that was the gym (A.E. Wood Coliseum). Its a tough place to shoot.
Then in the second half we got some wiggle room and burst it open.
Dailey loses six seniors J.D. Sanders, Greer, Rodgers, Forester, Preston Boatwright and Joe Cunningham.
All of them showed tremendous leadership, he said. It was a pleasure to coach them.
J.D. Sanders and Rodgers will play in the MPSA All-Star game this week at Millsaps Colleges Hall Activity Center. The North AA-AAA versus South AA-AAA contest is set for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Dailey will also be a coach for the North squad.
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