Cougars and 'Hounds Battle Into OT

Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Danny Hager drives toward baseline against Marmaduke defenders Josh Edwards (12) and Luke Richey (20).(TD photo/Ron Kemp)

Rector's boys continued their tough road in conference basketball action, losing a couple of games in the week before Christmas break to East Poinsett County and Marmaduke.

It was a typical exciting chapter in the long rivalry between the Cougars and Hounds as host Marmaduke won a 62-61 overtime contest Friday.

After letting a third period lead get away from them, the Cougars battled back to tie the game in regulation. But the Greyhounds quickly gained control in the extra period and held on for the one-point win.

Rector's Kirk Beshears goes up for a basket in action against Marmaduke. Defending for the Hounds is Luke Richey (20).

Rector appeared to be in control after Danny Hager netted a long trey at the third period buzzer for a 42-34 advantage. However, the Greyhounds rolled off eight straight points to start the final frame, coming on a basket by Andrew Church and then three-pointers by Church and Tyler Vowell.

Marmaduke continued its hot play and rolled to a 53-46 advantage before Rector treys by Hager, Case Watson and Lawson Ford eventually tied it at 55-all. Ford's tying three-pointer came from long range with 23 seconds left in regulation. Marmaduke had a chance for the win, but a late shot failed, sending the ex hard-fought contest into overtime.

A basket by Lucas Dixon and two free throws by Derek Agee gave the Hounds a 61-57 advantage with 12.7 seconds remaining.

Ford then canned two charity tosses at the 8.7 mark two close it to two, but Luke Richey countered with a free throw for the Hounds with 7.0 showing.

Rector tried to tie with a three, but the shot failed. Sam Simmons hit a put-back at the buzzer for the final 62-61 score.

Both teams had three players in double figures. Scoring for Marmaduke were Church 14, Vowell 13, Agee 10, Corey Burks 9, Bryson Horton 6, Richey 5, Jonathan Webb 3 and Dixon 2.

Rector scoring included Hager 15, Ford 11, Kirk Beshears 11, Garrett Buck 8, Huston Highfill 7, Easton Tracy 4, Watson 3 and Simmons 2.

Marmaduke canned 19 of 28 free throws while Rector went 6-10 at the line. The Cougars made eight treys to five for the Hounds.

Rector Juniors Win

The Junior Cougars dropped the hosts, 44-36, after posting quarter leads of 12-11, 29-17 and 33-28.

Trey Rodden led Rector scoring with 12 points. Also in the points column for the winners were Shannon Patterson 9, Max Ford 7, Kale Hardin 4, Ty Jones 4, Colton Lindsey 3, Conly Lockhart 2 and Parker Bucy 2.

Billy Elder led Marmaduke with 12. Also scoring were Austin McCoy 6, Blake Boyd 4, Bradley Horton 3, Andy Agee 3, Blake Brown 2 and Easton Bradshaw 2.

EPC Contest

Rector stayed with a strong East Poinsett County team for most of the game on Tuesday of last week at home, but faltered down the stretch in a 62-42 setback.

Three-pointers by Ford and Simmons late in the third period brought the Cougars within three before the Warriors rolled off the final six points of the frame for a 39-30 advantage.

The visitors outscored the Cougars 23-12 in the final quarter to set the final margin at 20 points.

EPC held leads of 15-9 and 26-18 after the first two frames.

Standout Xzavier Reed led the Warriors with 20 points and Keyon Dorsey added 14.

Ford with 10 was the only Cougar in double figures. Also scoring were Chase Jackson 9, Buck 5, Watson 5, Highfill 4, Hager 3, Simmons 3 and McNeely 3.

EPC netted 20 of 29 free throws while the Cougars went 8-10 at the line.

The Junior Warriors won the opening game, 48-37, after posting quarter leads of 9-6, 19-17 and 37-28.

Ford led Rector with 18 points. Also scoring were Rodden 7, Lockhart 4, Hardin 2, Patterson 2, Drake Lindsey 2 and Jones 1.

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