Outlaws win hoops opener

Posted in: Sports
By Todd Brooks
Nov 29, 2012 - 11:29:27 AM

OPENING VICTORYMarlow boys coach John Garrett’s young son did not quite make it to the end of the game before he fell asleep in his mother’s arms. He missed the best part as his father’s team put together a second half rally to defeat visiting Lone Grove 55-45 in the season opener for both teams.
It was not a textbook win by any stretch of the imagination, but the Outlaws will take it, especially since it was the first opening win for the Outlaws since 2003.
“We needed that,” Marlow coach John Garrett said. “It was a good win for us. It was a sloppy win, but it was still a win.”
As might have been expected, the Outlaws (1-0) got a solid game out of returning starter Wes Coast, who led all scorers with 18 points.
Not expected however was a 14-point performance from sophomore Nathan Crowson who also played well on the other end of the floor.
“Without having watching the film and not even seen the scorebook yet, I think Nathan played a heck of a game,” Garrett said of his guard. “He did a good job of looking for the open man and getting the ball to him.”
Things did not look so pleasant for Marlow in the early going. The Outlaws took a 6-2 lead out of the gate, but saw the Longhorns (0-1) close out the quarter on an 11-0 run to take a 13-6 lead at the end.
They would then extend the lead during the second quarter to as much as 13 points on two different occasions before Marlow closed out the quarter on three free throws by Coast and a jumper by Zac Beasler with six seconds left cut the lead to 28-20 at the half.
“We got into foul trouble early, and I had to shuffle some people around,” Garrett said. “We got pretty tired and winded in the first half and we got our second wind in the second half. We were still tired, but not as tired.”
Marlow opened the third quarter on a 14-2 run. Kirby Neufeld got the run started by sinking the first shot of the half and gave his team the lead for the first time since the first quarter three-and-a-half minutes later with another basket for a 32-30 Outlaw advantage.
Kris McCarley would cap the run with a basket at the 3:25 mark for Marlow’s biggest lead of the quarter.
Lone Grove came back and eventually retook the lead with 26 seconds left on a bucket by Aaron Sinkler for a 38-37 edge heading into the final quarter.
Jackson Huddleston opened scoring in the fourth quarter for Marlow to give his team the lead once again. The Outlaws would not let it go this time.
Coast scored on a free throw to push the lead to two points, followed by back-to-back buckets by Crowson. It would give the Outlaws a 44-38 advantage. Lone Grove would not get closer than three points the rest of the way.
After the Longhorns cut the lead to 44-41 on a baskewt by Terry Rowe at the 4:35 mark, Marlow closed out the game on an 11-4 run to claim the victory.
The Outlaws got to celebrate the win for one night, but went back to work on Wednesday to prepare for Friday’s game at Elgin.
“We’re going to be doing a lot of ball-handling at practice and wwe need to get in shape,” Garrett said. “We need to work on our dribbling and passing. We had a lot of bad passes tonight, but it was typical for a first game.
“We were able to hit free throws down the stretch. We stayed calm and slowed it down when we needed to.”
Tip-off will be approximately 8 p.m.
Wes Coast, 18; Nathan Crowson, 14; Zac Beasler, 7; Jackson Huddleston, 6; Kirby Neufeld, 6; Kris McCarley, 4
Lone Grove: Nathan Meek, 10; Aaron Sinkler, 9; Jeremy Lewis, 8; Jaz Long, 7; Bryce Newton, 6; Terry Rowe, 3; Darron Lewis, 2