January 24, 2008
Marshall boys clinch top seed in district tourney
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy Patriots locked up the number one seed in the district tournament with their rout of Indianola Academy Friday night.
Coach Craig Dailey’s MA boys improved to 17-6 overall and 8-0 in the district with a 62-34 home win.
Nick Tate gunned in 29 points. Caleb Byrd scored 14, including three threes. Gene Alexin contributed a double-double, scoring 12 points and dishing out 11 assists.
“Nick is developing into the offensive player it will take for us to get back for a shot at state,” Dailey said.
He also complimented the defense of Brent Adams, “who shut IA’s star out in the first quarter and then we coasted.”
Marshall was red hot from the start, going up 19-3 after the first period and leading 37-16 at the half.
Earlier in the week the Patriots earned a 55-28 district win at Kirk Academy in Grenada.
Tate was the sparkplug with a 24-point performance. Alexin followed with 13.
“Nick had 14 second quarter points,” Dailey said. “He really is in an offensive groove. Gene has been working on his assist total. He had a double-double with 10 assists.”
The Patriots were in control 34-13 at halftime.
The Lady Patriots, suffering from scoring woes, lost both their district games last week – 39-19 at home to Indianola and 43-28 on the road at Kirk.
Dailey said “IA just stuck us defensively,” in describing his team’s 20-point loss Friday night.
MA trailed 20-11 at the half.
“We are really struggling to score,” he said. “The kids are playing hard. We just have to keep battling.”
Traci Rodgers’ 11 points led Marshall, which fell to 18-13 overall and 5-3 in the district.
Dailey said his Lady Patriots “scratched and clawed” Tuesday of last week at Kirk Academy before falling 43-28.
Kirk wrapped up the number one seed in the district tournament.
“Now the rest of us battle for number two,” he said.
Marshall fell behind 12-3 after one quarter, trailed 19-12 at the half and was down 28-19 after three periods.
Rodgers scored 12. Emily Burk added nine.
“The girls defended extremely well,” Dailey said. “We just can’t score.
“Can’t shut people out, so we’ve got to find a way to put the ball in the hole.”
Marshall teams were scheduled to visit non-district, Class 3A opponent Magnolia Heights Tuesday of this week. They host Lee (Clarksdale) Friday and visit Indianola Saturday to wrap up regular season district play.
The Junior High District Tournament will be played January 30-February 2 at Indianola Academy.
MA hosts Myrtle in a private versus public school matchup Thursday, Jan. 31.
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