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Love leads Mavericks to first district victory

By Nathan Hague
Jan. 11, 2018 at 4 a.m.

Marshall teammates Savion Williams and Carrington Love go after a rebound during Tuesday night's 82-58 home victory over Greenville.

Marshall's Carrington Love drained nine threes Tuesday night in effort to help lift his Mavericks to their first District 16-5A win over the Greenville Lions in an 82-58 final.

The Mavericks now hold an overall record of 15-10 and a district record of 1-3 while the Lions are now 1-2 against district opponents.

Love finished the night with a total of 34 points. Next in line was Khalil Wallace who scored 16. Ben Tackett drained three three-points to finish the night with nine points. Savion Williams scored eight and Caleb Valentine dropped in six. Lee Jefferson scored four points and while J.J. Green and Marje Smith each tossed in two points. Te Brooks finished with one point.

Quinn Anderson scored 19 points to lead Greenville in scoring. Jeremiah Abrego dropped in 10 points. Isiah Dean scored six, while Naka Wilson and Kedrin Carter scored five points apiece. Christian Clark and Davious Murrelle each scored four points.

Tristian Waldrep came away with three points and Xavier Sutton scored two points.

"I'm obviously pleased with Carrington's shooting," Marshall head coach Bobby Carson said. "I'm extremely pleased with the play of Savion Williams. I thought he did a very good job. I thought Khalil did a very good job of running the offense. I thought the kids overall, defensively, executed and did what we wanted to do and that was to pack the paint.

"We had some mental misfires but I thought we did a good job of handling the press."

The Mavs won the opening tipoff and the first possession ended with a layup from Green to give Marshall an early 2-0 lead.

Marshall made back-to-back three-point plays. Valentine knocked down a shot from beyond the arc and Wallace completed the and-one to give Marshall an 8-0 lead.

Greenville took its turn to complete consecutive three-point plays. Xavier Dean found Isiah Dean who was fouled before adding the free throw.

Anderson tossed in a bucket from three-point range. That cut Marshall's lead to 8-6.

Love sank a field goal before Abrego came away with an and-one and Wilson went 1-of-2 from the foul line. That tied the game up at 10-10.

Love then hit a three and a two to give the lead back to the Mavericks. Anderson knocked down a three before Tackett did the same to score the last points of the first quarter and make the score 20-16 entering the second.

Greenville scored the first point of the second quarter before Wallace found Williams for the assist to spread Marshall's lead to 22-17.

Anderson hit a free throw and a field goal to put the Lions within two points, 22-20. The Lions then tied it up at 22 apiece before Love drained a three to give the lead back to Marshall, 25-22.

Valentine added a three of his own before Clark's bucket made it 28-24. Marje Smith went 2-for-2 from the foul line and Murrelle added a bucket to make the score 30-26.

Tackett drained a three and Clark scored a two. A pair of Marshall free throws were followed by a bucket from Anderson right before the buzzer sounded, giving the game a halftime score of 35-30.

Abrego scored Greenville's first nine points of the second half to put the Lions within two points, 41-39.

Love gave the Mavs some separation with a three to make it 44-39. Wallace sank three free throws before Love drained two three-pointers to spread the Mavericks' lead to 53-41.

Marshall continued to pour it on as Love scored the final five points of the third quarter to make the score 59-42 entering the fourth quarter.

An and-one from Wallace was followed by another three from Love and another three from Jefferson to spread Marshall's lead to 68-44.

Wallace drained pair of free throws before Anderson drained a three and added another and-one to make the score 70-52.

Moments later, Love added another pair of threes to make the score 79-54.

Tackett drained a three to make it 82-56 with 30 seconds remaining. Murrelle added a pair of free throws to make it 82-58.

The Mavericks are slated to return to action Friday night when they hike down Highway 80 to take on the Hallsville Bobcats on the road in a battle of Harrison County neighbors.

"They've got two really good shooters," Carson said of the Bobcats. "They scored 99 points against Greenville. I'll try to figure out a way to score and coach (Dramaine) Boyd will try to figure a way to keep them from scoring."

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