Thursday, February 26, 2009
Patriots end season with loss at state
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy Patriots were eliminated in the first round of the Class AA State Tournament at Brookhaven.
MA found itself in an early 14-3 hole, battled back to take the lead in the third quarter and then dropped a 55-49 decision to Bowling Green School.
“We were down 11 (after one quarter) and had to scrap to get back in it, and we did,” coach Craig Dailey said. “We had some shots down the stretch, but things didn’t fall our way.”
A couple of threes from Jake Omedeo kept the Patriots close in the second quarter. They trailed 23-14 at the intermission.
The Patriots turned up the defensive pressure in the third, and when Jordan Brock got a steal and passed to Taylor Maurey, who scored, they were down 23-19.
At the 3:17 mark of the third, Caleb Byrd’s three got MA to within one, 29-28. Then 30 seconds later John Tomlinson stole the ball and cashed in the lay-up to give the Pats their first lead of the game, 30-29. They were up 36-35 after three.
Three Marshall turnovers led to Bowling Green points to start the third. MA found itself down 45-36 with 5:19 left.
The Patriots got back within four points twice before losing by six.
Maurey scored 12 points and Byrd followed with 11. Scoring eight each were Omedeo, Tomlinson and Chase Ferrell.
“Caleb had a good offensive game to finish strong in the postseason,” Dailey said. “Jake and Taylor played well on both ends of the floor. John really stuck it to their star player (Jaron Edwards), holding him to 11 points.”
Marshall, with no seniors, finished the season at 22-15.
“I’m proud of this young group and all they achieved,” Dailey said. “The potential of this team is limitless. We just have to go to work and improve.”
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