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Marshall Mavs' rally falls short to Mount Pleasant

By Nathan Hague
Jan. 7, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Marshall fell short in its comeback attempt Friday night at home in a District 16-5A contest against the Mount Pleasant Tigers, who came away with the 57-52 victory.

The Mavericks now hold an overall record of 14-9 overall and 0-3 in the district.

Carrington Love led the Mavs in scoring with 17 points. Kris Dunn was right behind him with 16. Khalil Wallace scored nine and Ben Tackett finished with five. Brandon Lister scored one point and Kameron King had one.

Josh McGill and Dorian Glinton each scored 11 points to lead the Tigers in scoring. Kevin Savage was next in line with 10. James Moore, Buddy McGill and Ricky Guereca all scored six points each and Terrance Allen had two.

"We were so shaky early," Marshall head coach Bobby Carson said. "We gave them too many shot opportunities and we're not good enough to do that. We had some unforced turnovers but I thought Kameron King really stepped it up. He's not a great jumper but he got in there and mixed it up and got some rebounds and made some offensive moves. Kris Dunn was Kris Dunn, just exceptional. He had to play the whole ballgame and I think he was tired at the end but he still made big three pointer and made some big plays.

"I think when Carrington played well, he (Dunn) played well. I didn't want to start off the season 0-3 but I'm optimistic about what I saw from a lot of kids."

The Mavericks were without four players who faced suspension and Carson said he was pleased other stepped up in the absence.

"Sometimes it's addition by subtraction and I said this gives other guys an opportunity," Carson said. "If it was me, I'd say, 'Heck with them, this is my opportunity to show what I can do,' and I thought we had guys who really stepped up and will continue to do so."

Savage drained a three before Allen pulled down a rebound and put it back up for two to give the Tigers an early 5-0 lead. Davis drained a three to make it 8-0. The Mavs got on the board with a bucket down low from Lister. Davis drained his second three to put Mount Pleasant up 11-2 and forced the Mavericks to call a timeout with 4:42 left in the first quarter.

A pair of buckets from Glinton and one Buddy McGill gave the Tigers a 17-3 lead. Love drained a three to make it 17-6 heading into the second quarter.

Tackett hit a three to start off the second quarter to make it 17-9. Josh McGill responded with a three of his own to spread his team's lead to 20-9. Dunn sank a pair of free throws then a layup to make it 20-13, forcing the Tigers to call a timeout with 5:32 left in the first half. Following the timeout, Josh McGill knocked down another three to put Mount Pleasant back up by 10, 23-13. Love drained another three from the corner to put Marshall within seven points, 23-16.

Guereca nailed a three before smith knocked down a two to make it 26-18. Guereca sank another three to make the score 29-18.

Dunn scored the first points of the second half on a layup before Moore tacked on a pair of buckets to build a 33-20 lead and forced the Mavericks to call a timeout with 6:39 left in the third. Love hit another three to put the Mavs within single digits, 33-24.

Davis answered back with another three of his own to put Mount Pleasant back up by 12 with a 36-24 score. Love threw up a one-handed shot from the free throw line that found its way into the net, making it 36-26.

Dunn hit a pair of free throws before Glinton's three-point play made it 39-28. Wallace's field goal made it 39-30. Dunn went the distance of the court and finished off with a layup to cut his team's deficit to 41-32. A couple plays later,

Wallace threw up a left-handed floater to make it 43-34. Josh McGill threw an inbounds pass of the back of a Marshall defender before putting it up for two. That made it 45-34 going into the fourth quarter.

Dunn drained a pair of free throws and Wallace added one of his own to make it 45-37 with just over four minutes to go.

The Tigers got their first points of the first quarter with about 3:27 left. That was followed by a layup from Dunn to make it 47-39.

Wallace went 2-for-2 from the free throw line to make it 47-41. Savage's layup then made it 49-41. Love hit a three to put the Mavs within five, 49-45 and forced the Tigers to call a timeout with 1:01 remaining in the contest. Mount Pleasant had back to back travels called on its offense.

The Mavs were unable to do anything with it the first time and the second time saw Love get fouled a three-point attempt. He drained all three foul shots with 35 seconds left to make it 50-47.

Savage completed a three-point play with an and-one to make it 52-47. He then made another trip to the foul line where he made them both to give the Tigers a 54-47 lead.

Dunn then drained a shot from downtown to cut the Mount Pleasant's lead to 54-50 with seven seconds remaining. Glinton hauled in a pass down court and finished it off with a layup where he was fouled and tacked on the free throw, making it 57-50 with four seconds left. Tackett added a pair of free throws to score the final points of the game, making it 57-52.

The Mavs are slated to return to action Tuesday when they take on Greenville on the road before returning home to play host to Hallsville.

"They're both going to be good," Carson said of next week's opponents. "There are no bad teams in the district. We're in a bit of a hold but I told the kids we started off 0-3 before and ended up bi-district champions. We've just got to fix it.

"We've played three better teams to start off with and Greenville has just as good of a chance of making the playoffs as anybody."



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