Top seeds advance in openers

Posted in: Sports
By Todd Brooks
Jan 24, 2013 - 8:43:50 AM

The top four teams on the boys side of the Stephens County Tournament advanced Tuesday night in Marlow, but some were easier than others.
No 4 seeded Marlow had to withstand a three-point barrage from No. 5 seeded Comanche to advance to tonight’s (Thursday’s) semifinal round against Velma-Alma with a 53-50 victory. The top-seeded Comets had an easier time advancing with a 79-16 win over No. 8 seeded Bray-Doyle.
On the other side of the bracket, Frederick had no problem with Empire claiming a 67-34 win over Empire, while Central High overcame a slow start to knock off Ryan, 58-27. The two winners will face off tonight (Thursday) in the semifinals.
Marlow 53, Comanche 50
The Outlaws seemed to outplay the Indians for most of the game, but Comanche’s three-point shooting was the great equalizer. Comanche knocked down 12 treys, including six by Grant Jones, in the contest to keep Marlow from running away with the game.
It was the second time the two teams met this season with Comanche taking the first game at Comanche in overtime.
“It feels good to get the win,” Marlow coach John Garret said. “We can’t manage to do anything easy. They never quit playing us and kept battling. We’ve done that this season too where we were able to come back and win, and I had to remind the guys of that.
“It’s good to beat Comanche because we’ve had problems with them the past few years.”
The win by the Outlaws snapped a five-game losing streak to the Indians.
Marlow looked to have things under control with a 52-44 advantage with 42.5 seconds left following a pair of Zac Beasler free throws.
Comanche was not done, however. Garrett Morrow knocked down one of his three baskets in the game from behind the arc to cut the lead to 52-47.
Marlow’s Braeden O’Dell hit one of two free throws to for a 53-47 edge. Morrow would then hit another trey to cut the lead to 53-50.
The Indians had a chance to tie when Morrow was fouled on a three-point attempt and went to the line. He would miss all three attempts though.
Marlow’s Wes Coast returned the favor by missing a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left, giving the Indians one last chance, but Morrow’s shot missed to preserve the win for Marlow.
Marlow trailed 8-4 in the first quarter before a 7-0 run by the Outlaws would put them ahead, never to fall behind again.
The Outlaws (10-6) led by as many as nine points in the second quarter before Comanche (6-10) cut the lead to four points at the half, 24-20.
Marlow would continue to hold its lead in the third but were never able to pull away, and took a 37-30 lead into the final quarter.
– Kirby Neufeld, 17; Zac Beasler, 17; Jackson Huddleston, 8; Braeden O’Dell, 5; Wes Coast, 4; Nathan Crowson, 2
Comanche – Garrett Morrow, 20; Grant Jones, 18; Braden Ledford, 7; Zach Young, 5
Central High 67, Ryan 34
The Bronchos were down early in the first quarter before settling down and taking over the game.
Central High led just 17-16 at the end of the first, but outscored the lower-seeded Cowboys 25-7 in the second to begin to pull away to a 42-23 halftime advantage.
The Bronchos (10-7) did put the game away in the third by outscoring the Cowboys (1-8) 16-4 with a solid defensive effort and then would cruise through the final eight minutes to claim the win.
Central High
– Dallin Ferrin, 19; Zarek Hickman, 12; Kevin Harris, 9; John Repp, 8; Wade Farmer, 4; Coy Kern, 2; Connor Albiston, 2; Wade Farmer, 2
Ryan – Lucas Ninman, 13; Garrett Bolin, 4; Eduardo Camarillo, 4; Fulton Villarreal, 4; G.W. Seay, 3; Tyler Brown, 1
V-A 79, Bray-Doyle 16
The top-seeded and Class A No. 5 ranked Comets poured in 27 points in the first quarter to jump on the Donkeys early.
Velma-Alma led 27-6 at the end of the first quarter and then added 26 more in the second to take a 53-9 halftime lead.
The Comets would go on to outscore the Donkeys 26-7 in the second half.

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