PANAMA CITY, FL - A 60-50 defeat over Niceville Thursday set the Marshals up against Starr's Mill on Friday in the Marlin Christmas Classic in Panama City, Florida.
The Marshals trailed by just two after the first quarter but fell back by 10 points to the Panthers at halftime. After three quarters in the very physical, technical filled game, the Marshals trialed Starr's Mill 46-37.
Out-scoring the Panthers 17 to 10 in the final quarter, the Marshals fell just short losing by a final score of 56-54.
Starr's Mill out-rebounded the Marshals 34 to 23, 22 of those on the defensive end of the court and were led in scoring by David Watson with 19.
Chase Clark led the Marshals with 16 points and was a perfect 6 for 6 from the free throw line. Noah Steele also had a good game with 14 points and 4 steals.
Marshall: Field Goals 18/44, 3 Pointers 5/14, Free Throws 13/19, Total Rebounds 23, Fouls 20, Assists 10, Turnovers 21, Steals 8
Starr's Mill: Field Goals 23/43, 3 Pointers 2/7, Free Throws 8/17, Total Rebounds 34, Fouls 17, Assists 7, Turnovers 25, Steals 8
Marshall: Clark 16, Steele 14, Rentfrow 9, Pigg 6, Greenfield 4, Solomon 2, White 2, Wooten 1
Starr's Mill: Watson 19, Vrudny 14, Avidano 8, Anda 7, Woods 6, Walsh 2
Saturday, the Marshals played fellow Kentucky team Meade County, winner of Region 3 last season, for third place in the Marlin Christmas Classic.
Jumping out to an early 4-0 lead, Meade County tied the game at 4-4 and 7-7 before the Marshals pulled out to a 12-7 lead at the end of the first quarter on a three point shot by Landon Taylor.
Early in the second quarter on a Chase Clark steal and assist to Mason Wooton, the Marshals took a 15-10 lead, extending that lead out to 12 at the midway point of the quarter. A three pointer from Wooten put the Marshals up 27-12 finishing off the quarter with a field goal from Austin Rentfrow and three from Clark for a 37-15 halftime lead.
Both Clark and Rentfrow picked up four fouls in the third quarter when the Marshals were up by 20 points and despite being out-scored 19 to seven, the Marshals were able to hold the Green Wave off and claim third place in the tournament with a 58-48 victory.
Having his best game of the season so far, Wooten scored 15 points followed by Clark with 13. Meade County was led by Zeb Wilson and Bryce Garris, both with 16 points a piece. The Marshals free throw shooting dropped below their average at 39.1 percent for the game, hitting 9 of 23 from the line.
Marshall: Field Goals 22/41, 3 Pointers 5/15, Free Throws 9/23, Total Rebounds 27, Fouls 16, Assists 13, Turnovers 10, Steals 9
Meade: Field Goals 18/39, 3 Pointers 6/14, Free Throws 6/12, Total Rebounds 26, Fouls 20, Turnovers 16
Marshall: Wooten 15, Clark 13, Rentfrow 11, Pigg 5, Greenfield 5, Taylor 3, Solomon 3, Steele 2, White 1
Meade: Wilson 16, Garris 16, Mattingly 9, King 3, Kaiser 2, Wilson 2
The Marshals will play district double-headers with the Lady Marshals Friday at home against Calloway County and Saturday at Community Christian Academy.