Prep basketball: Tigers fall to Colts 67-52
Some nights everything seems to go your way on the basketball hardwood and other nights you just can’t seem to catch a break.
The Marietta boys basketball team can attest to that and unfortunately for head coach Mark Duckworth and his Tigers it was the latter Friday night as the Meadowbrook Colts galloped into Sutton Gymnasium and rode off with a dominating 67-52 win.
Meadowbrook broke open a close game with a 13-1 third quarter run and never looked back as the Colts scored 40 points in the second half to send the Tigers down to their third consecutive game.
“We know that we are going to have to make a commitment to get a lot better on the defensive end of the floor,” said Duckworth, in his first year as Tiger head coach. “We just can’t allow 40 points in a half to Meadowbrook or any other team.”
The two teams traded field goals through the early part of the first quarter with the Tigers being led by the twin towers of Braden Riley and Jonathan Wood who each scored a pair of early field goals.
A drive and a bucket by Colt junior guard Isiah Green closed out the opening quarter with Meadowbrook in front 10-8 and that would prove to be as close as the Tigers would get the rest of the way.
Cameron Summers opened the second quarter with a score to push the lead to four.
The game would remain a close one for most of the first half and a Wood bucket in the paint with an assist from Riley trimmed the Colt lead to 21-18 with 1:30 to play.
Summers scored a game-high 24 points for Meadowbrook and the 6-foot-3 senior was especially strong towards the end of the half as he scored all six points in a half- ending 6-2 Meadowbrook run that sent it to the break with a 27-20 lead.
“I thought we missed a couple of good looks in that second quarter that really hurt us,” said Duckworth of the second eight minutes. “I felt we should have been a lot closer than seven at halftime.”
Marietta connected on just one triple in the first half but junior Corey Hill got the second half off to a good start when he drilled a three-ball to trim the lead to four.
The Colts snuffed out any idea the Tigers had of making a run as they scored 11 unanswered points and 13-out-of-14 to pull out to a 40-24 lead.
Riley’s inside basket trimmed the lead to 14, but Meadowbrook outscored the Tigers 10-4 the rest of the quarter to increase its lead to 50-30 heading to the final eight minutes.
The Tigers put together a little run of their own in the final quarter thanks to three trifectas by Hill and closed to within a dozen with less than two minutes to play, but it was too little too late as the Colts took care of business at the charity stripe to close out the win.
Meadowbrook shot a solid 79 percent from the free throw line (22-28) while the Tigers struggled once again by converting on just 7-of-15 (46.6 percent) freebies.
Summers 24 points led all scorers while Green finished in double figures with 18 points and a team high nine rebounds.
The Tiger twin towers both finished with double doubles as Riley collected 18 points and 10 boards while Wood finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Hill led MHS in scoring with 19 including four from behind the arc.
The loss was a disappointing one for Duckworth and his team and the coach held a rather lengthy meeting with his team following the game.
“We have worked hard and we have made a commitment to improve, it just hasn’t shown in games yet,” said Duckworth. “We will go back to work and we will study film and hopefully we’ll be successful in the near future.”
Next up for the Tigers is a trip to Claymont on Tuesday night, a team Marietta defeated 52-47 in its season opener in December.