'Hounds Advance in Kell Over Bradford
Marmaduke (5-9) had three players score in double digits as the Greyhounds downed Bradford 61-33 this past Saturday in the opening round of the Kell Classic in Swifton.
Bryson Horton drilled a three-pointer for Marmaduke to open the scoring before Bradford scored inside to make it 3-2 Greyhounds. Marmaduke scored the next 14 points as Corey Burks scored the first eight points with a three-pointer, a jumper in the lane and another three-pointer to make it 11-2. Derek Agee scored the next six points for the Greyhounds with a jumper, a stick back basket and another jumper to make it 17-2 Marmaduke. The Eagles hit two free throws as Burks scored inside for the Greyhounds to make the score 19-4 Marmaduke after one.
Agee scored inside for Marmaduke to open the second quarter scoring as Horton and Burks scored back to back baskets making it 25-4 Greyhounds. Bradford hit a three-pointer, Burks drilled a three-pointer for the Greyhounds, Bradford netted another three-pointer before Billy Elder got a steal and lay-up for Marmaduke to make it 30-10 Greyhounds. Horton hit a jumper for Marmaduke as Bradford hit two free throws making it 32-12 Marmaduke. Elder and Horton hit back to back three-pointers for the Greyhounds to extend their lead to 38-12 at the half.
Marmaduke scored the first seven points of the third quarter with Jonathan Webb and Landon McKinney scoring back to back baskets inside and Horton netting a three-pointer to make the score 45-12 Greyhounds. The Eagles scored the next eight points before Jacob Caraway hit a jumper in the lane for Marmaduke making it 47-20 Greyhounds. Bradford hit a jumper, Horton scored inside, the Eagles hit two free throws as Agee scored inside for Marmaduke to make the score 51-24 Greyhounds.
Bradford scored inside to open the fourth quarter before Marmaduke got a jumper from Caraway, a fast break lay-up from Burks and an inside basket from Agee making the score 57-26 invoking the mercy rule. The Eagles hit one of two free throws only to see McKinney score inside followed by two free throws from Elder to make the score 61-27 Greyhounds. Bradford scored the last six points making the final score 61-33 Marmaduke.
"I thought we were pretty focused today as in the NEA we were pretty disheveled," Marmaduke head coach Justin Ward said of his team. "The last three practices we've practiced on defense, defense, defense and it showed up in the game today," Ward added.
Burks led Marmaduke with 17 points as Horton and Agee scored 15 and 12 points respectively. Elder tossed in seven points, McKinney and Caraway each scored four points as Webb chipped in two points.
The Greyhounds are slated to take on the Trumann Wildcats Thursday evening in their second round game at Swifton.