The Stephens County Tournament came to an end Saturday with the Marlow boys finishing the highest of local teams with a third-place finish.
The Outlaws overcame a hot start by Central High to rally for the 72-58 win in the second half.
The Bronchos poured in 42 first-half points, including seven three-pointers to take a 42-32 halftime lead.
“I thought Central played really well in the first half, and shot as well as anybody we’ve played all year,” Marlow coach Kirk Harris said. “In the first half, we were trying to do some man and match-up zone, and we couldn’t stop them. We went to the 1-3-1 and tried to trap them on the baseline a little bit. Not it was super effective, but it took their rhythm away, and I felt like they were a little hesitant shooting. They were trying to do too much dribbling, and it got them out of their flow a little bit. Obviously, we got a few turnovers out of it, and were able to score in transition.”
Marlow, though, came out in the second half and limited Central High to just one three-pointer and 16 total points as they staged their comeback.
“I told the guys at halftime, we didn’t play that bad, they were just playing really well,” Harris said. “We just had to focus and slow it down a little bit. We weren’t going to get it all back in the third, but when they miss shots, we needed to block out and be a little more aggressive defensively.”
Marlow got a big boost from Wes Coast. The senior, who could not find his outside shot, changed his game plan and started taking the ball inside.
“I missed a couple of outside shots early, and coach told me to just not rush anything,” Coast said. “I know when one part of my game is not on, the other part might be.”
Harris said it was a good win for his team as they hit the final stretch of the regular season.
“They are a solid team,” Harris said. “I went in their locker room and told them that. They’ve got to focus on getting better and working on their team stuff. They are a really good team in 2A. They are athletic, and they shoot well. They are hard to match up with, and I think they have a good bunch.”
Central High’s John Repp did the most damage against the Outlaws in the first quarter, scoring nine of his team’s 17 points. Teammate Kevin Harris broke out in the second quarter after a scoreless first with 13 points, including three three-pointers, in the Bronchos’ 25-point second quarter output.
Marlow’s Braeden O’Dell took control in the third as he poured in 10 of his team’s 16 points in the quarter.
The Outlaws then had balanced scoring in the final quarter as they caught and passed the Bronchos. Trey Coffman scored seven of his nine points in the quarter, and Coast and Zac Beasler also chipped in with seven each, accounting for 21 of the 24 points in the quarter.
“I thought we had a good tournament,” Central High coach John Nease said. “On the boys side, all top four teams were very tough. I thought we had a good tournament and got to play some really good opponents. You have to give their teams credit for doing what they had to do to come out on top.
“Our boys are learning from it, and getting better each time we go out. Maybe if we keep being close in games, by the time of the end of the season, we will be able to finish them.”
The competition level will do nothing but help his team.
“I would much rather play teams like Marlow, Velma, and Comanche along the way, even if we get losses, it will help us prepare for the playoffs,” Nease said.
Comanche won the tournament, defeating host Velma-Alma, 64-56, in the final.
Marlow: Wes Coast, 23; Braeden O’Dell, 20; Zac Beasler, 14; Trey Coffman, 9; Nathan Crowson, 5; Nathan Fikes, 1
Central High: John Repp, 19; Kevin Harris, 18; Zarek Hickman, 11; Joseph Flood, 6; Ian Hickman, 3; John Rosenthal, 1
Frederick 82, B-D 54
The Bombers bombed 10 three-pointers as they knocked the Donkeys out of the tournament.
Four of the treys came in the first quarter as Frederick built a 26-13 lead at the end of the quarter.
The Bombers then outscored the Donkeys 20-12 in the second quarter to take a 46-25 halftime lead.
Frederick put the game away in the third by outscoring Bray-Doyle 21-14.
Bray-Doyle: Randy Jackson, 12; Devyn Davis, 12; Greg Perez, 8; Rodney Hall, 7; Jacob Henderson, 6; Josh Goodrich, 4; Ryan Bandy, 3; Cody Mathews, 2
Frederick: Levi Hanes, 23; Garrett Brite, 10; Alex Cardona, 10; Tarren Flores, 8; Jesus Ramos, 7; Trey Booker, 7; Drew Briggs, 5; Colton Mitchell, 4; Aaron Nolan, 3; Jordan Hicks, 2; Colton Schrick, 2; Jaylen Randle, 1
Comanche 53, Marlow 47
The Indians knocked off the Outlaws for the second time this season as they had trouble stopping Comanche’s 6-10 big man Jacob Hammond, who poured in 29 points.
Marlow was limited to six points in the first quarter as Comanche built a 14-6 lead.
The Outlaws fared better in the second with 15 points, but the Indians answered with 17 to take a 31-1 halftime lead.
Marlow managed to cut into the lead in the third, outscoring Comanche 17-10 to get within striking distance in the fourth quarter.
The Indians though would put the game away in the fourth as Marlow could only muster nine points.
Marlow: Braeden O’Dell, 21; Trey Coffman, 12; Nathan Fikes, 6; Zac Beasler, 4; Zak Key, 4
Comanche: Jacob Hammond, 29; Braden Kedford, 10; Cody Grow, 8; Dallon Wood, 3; Mason Taylor, 3
Velma-Alma 61, Central High 60
The Comets moved on to the championship game with a narrow victory over the Bronchos.
The game was tight throughout with Central High leading 12-9 at the end of the first quarter and 31-28 at the half.
The Comets took the lead for good with just over two minutes to go in the third quarter. They led 45-44 at the end of the third before narrowly escaping with the victory in the final minutes.
Central High: John Repp, 20; Joseph Flood, 12; John Rosenthal, 9; Kevin Harris, 8; Zarek Hickman, 6; Ian Hickman, 3; Jackson Hall, 2;
Velma-Alma: Jaz Gayanich, 21; Conner Sullivan, 18; Ryan Ross, 10; Jake McGuire, 6; Alan Beck, 4; Ty Richardson, 2
Outlaws finish third, Marlow boys top Central High
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By Todd Brooks
Jan 30, 2014 - 9:45:41 AM
By Todd Brooks
Jan 30, 2014 - 9:45:41 AM