Thursday, January 1, 2009
MA junior high boys 11-3
The Marshall Academy junior high Patriots are taking a holiday recess with an 11-3 overall record and 3-0 in district play.
The MA junior high boys began their season with the Memphis Home School Eagles at home. The Patriots trailed the entire first half but used two strong runs late in the second half to pull out a 53-48 win. The Patriots were led in scoring by Aaron McAlexander with 27 and Andy Burleson with 11.
The Patriots’ next opponent was Oak Hill Academy. The Patriots jumped out to an 11-point halftime lead and cruised to a 40-26 win. The Patriots were led in scoring by McAlexander with 13 and Matt Rappa with eight.
The Patriots’ hosted another Memphis home school team, the Memphis Nighthawks, for their third game of the year. A sluggish first half saw the Patriots down 19-13 at halftime. The Patriots never could get going and played even with the Nighthawks the rest of the way to fall 35-29. McAlexander led the Patriots in scoring again with 11 points and Dakota Dailey chipped in nine.
Tunica Academy visited Holly Springs next and never challenged the Patriots. Winning easily 56-13, the Patriots were led in scoring by McAlexander and Rappa with 14 points apiece.
Marshall Academy played host to the Black Knights of West Memphis Christian next. The Patriots put the Knights away early in the first half, 37-16, before cruising to a 53-31 win. Rappa had 21 points and McAlexander had 14.
The Patriots traveled to Oxford for their next game at Regents School of Oxford. The Patriots overwhelmed Regents by a score of 68-10. The Patriots were led in a balanced scoring attack by McAlexander, Zack Pritchett, and Josh Mask each with 14 points.
Marvell Academy played host to the Patriots next. Neither team had a very good shooting night but the Patriots jumped out to an early lead and held on to win 36-20. Rappa scored 14 and McAlexander scored 10.
Marshall’s first district game saw the Cougars of Lee Academy (Ark.) come to town. The Patriots use a 23-3 first quarter to set the tone. The Patriots won easily 52-25. Rappa led the way with 18 points followed by McAlexander with 13.
District foe Carroll Academy played host to the Patriots next. In a game that saw a lot of fouls and free throws the Patriots eventually pulled out and away to win 54-41. The Patriots were led by Rappa with 19, Pritchett with 18, and McAlexander with 16.
The Junior Pats traveled to regional rival Magnolia Heights next. The Patriots fell behind early after a sluggish start and never recovered. Magnolia Heights prevailed 56-42. The Patriots were led by McAlexander’s 25 and Burleson’s eight points.
Oak Hill came calling next, looking to avenge an earlier defeat. The Red Raiders fell 42-28. The Patriots were led by McAlexander’s 22 and Dailey’s 11 points.
Marshall traveled to Grenada for another district game against Kirk Academy. The Patriots used a 14-3 run in the first quarter and 16-6 run in the third quarter to put away a pesky junior Raider squad 45-27. McAlexander paced the Patriots with 17 points followed by Rappa with nine.
Marvell Academy came calling next. The Patriots rolled 55-31. Rappa had 16 and Pritchett had 12.
The Patriots then traveled north to Memphis to challenge St. Benedict’s Academy. The Patriots battled back and forth with the Eagles in a game that saw a dozen lead changes before eventually being out-free-throwed at the end 61-56. The Patriots were led by McAlexander with 21 and Rappa with 13.
McAlexander leads the team in scoring at the holiday recess with a 16 points per game average. Matt Rappa is second with 12 points per game.
“I’m very pleased with the boys’ progression so far,” coach David Austin said. “They have an incredible chemistry that is impossible to teach. It’s something that good teams develop and improve as the season goes on. For us to be so young (we only have one ninth grade starter) and to be playing at such a high level is a testament to the hard work and attitude of these boys. I couldn’t be prouder.
“They are not nearly as good as they can be but we still have another half of our season to go. We will continue to work hard and hopefully we’ll see the fruits of our labors by the season’s end.”
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