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Cats upset Marshall, 87-79

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    Sulphur Springs built an early lead and held on tight, downing Marshall 87-79 in District 14-4A Friday.
    The boisterous crowd at the SSHS gym got to see the home team take the upset win because the Wildcats outplayed the Mavericks.


    Marshall came into the game with a 24-3 record, 3-1 in district and still smarting from a one-point loss to Texas High. The Mavs’ plans of jumping right back into the win column were halted by a determined Wildcats team. The win moved Sulphur Springs to 12-11, 3-2.
    Sulphur Springs took the win and make no mistake - they earned it. It was not a nipping or edging, it was a win by eight points.
    "Marshall probably thought they were going to come over here and blow us out. Probably everybody in district thought that, but it did not happen," said senior point guard Isaiah Lacy. "We were ready for them. We played hard and as a team. We came out and competed, coach had us ready for everything Marshall did. We were very focused to get this win."
    Lacy had 24 points to lead the team and he also paced the team in assists. It was Lacy who often had the job of beating the traps and presses used by the Mavs.
    Cain Cody had  19 points and was a force in the paint. Jaylon Dugan added 16, Javaron Ross had 14 and Darian Dial-Hall added 10. Sophomore Keylon Hall had two key free throws late.
    Sophomore 6-5 forward Tiandre Jackson-Young was high point for Marshall with 28 points.
    Sulphur Springs did not fluke into the win, they outscored Marshall in two of the four quarters and most importantly at the end.
    The game came down to the fourth period which proved to be eventful with 54 total points scored and four technical fouls whistled in the wild finish.
    The final frame began with Sulphur Springs held a 63-49 lead. Jay McKnight popped a 3-pointer for the visitors. Sulphur Springs answered with a bucket from Lacy. Jackson-Young found his shooting touch and hit back-to-back buckets in the paint. Sulphur Springs answered with Lacy scoring from the wing, Dugan adding a driving floater for a bucket to take it a 69-60 game with 5:17 left to play. Sulphur Springs finally got some foul calls to go their way with Lacy hitting three of four free throws. Larry Pryor scored two inside and Lacy stepped up big time  with a 3-pointer which padded the Sulphur Springs lead to 77-60 with 3:21 left to play. Lacy said, "I was feeling it and it felt good when I shot it and it went in."
    The Wildcats had a 17-point lead and soon the visitors were going to fall behind even more.  A charging call on Marshall was argued. Mavericks head boys basketball coach Bobby Carson continued to argue and picked up back-to-back technical fouls and was ejected from the game with 2:56 remaining. Lacy hit three of the four free throws following the tech. Sulphur Springs saw their lead balloon to 20 points 80-60 with less than three minutes to play. Marshall outscored the Wildcats 19-7 down the stretch getting 3-pointers from McKnight and scores from Shimar Jones and Justin Singleton. But it was too little, too late. During that span a double tech was called on Pryor of Sulphur Springs and T-Ray Leonard of Marshall. The Wildcats regrouped and got late free throws from Dugan and Hall to secure the 87-79 victory.
    In the opening period, the Wildcats proved they were for real, jumping out to match Marshall bucket for bucket as the game was tied at 10-all. Scores for Sulphur Springs came from Cody, Dugan and Ross. Lacy broke the tie with a clutch 3-pointer from the corner. Dial-Hall added a fast break bucket in the lane and then Dugan popped the net for a 3-pointer of his own. The Wildcats were up 18-10 with 2:46 to go in the opening frame. Cody scored again in the blocks and Lacy whistled off a perfect pass to Dugan for another inside hoop. Marshall got late points from Gerald Williams and Jackson-Young to cut the advantage to 22-15 as the first period ended.
    Sulphur Springs continued to have a good night shooting the ball and adjusted well to the Marshall press. Often the Wildcats would beat Marshall down the court for a quick bucket. Cody passed to Dial-Hall for a bucket. Marshall got 3-pointer from McKnight. Cody answered again in the paint with a bucket off a rebound. Lacy started to display his entire game as the point guard first popped 3-pointer then dished off to Cody for another score. The first half ended with Sulphur Springs ahead 39-31 and feeling the momentum they were building. Twice in the first half the Wildcats had a lead of 11 points.
    Sulphur Springs outscored the Mavs, 24-18 in the third period as they continued to pad their lead. Ross had eight points in the period. Dugan burned the net for 3-pointer. Cody and Dial-Hall added four points each. The third period ended with Sulphur Springs feeling that some special was going to happen, taking a 63-49 lead into the final frame.
    The fourth period saw Marshall make a run, outscoringthe Wildcats 30-24, but Sulphur Springs was able  to answer as they iced the 87-79 victory.
    "We prepared well for them. We are excited to get this win," said Josey. "We were up and Marshall made a run. We knew they would, they are too good of team. But we held on to get the lead. We were ahead by 20 in the fourth period, but we found a way to win. We got some big free throws. We talked about momentum and focus. Marshall did not go away, but we withstood their run. We got a little relaxed, we made three straight turnovers and Marshall went on an 8-0 run. But we still won and that's what we care about."
    The Wildcats face  a tough road game Tuesday, meeting rival Mount Pleasant.
    "We will have our hands full, they are a good team," Josey said.
    Mount Pleasant won 60-44 over the Wildcats earlier in the season.

    Sulphur Springs 87, Marshall 79
    Sulphur Springs  22  17  24  24  -87
    Marshall      15  16  18  30  -79
    Sulphur Springs - Isaiah Lacy 24, DeAndre Wright 2, Darian Dial-Hall 10, Jaylon Dugan 16, Javaron Ross 14, Cain Cody 19, Keylon Hall 2.
    Marshall - Trel Patton 2, Shimar Jones 11, Jay McKnight 14, Justin Singleton 8, Gerald Williams 3, T.J. Mayfield 2, Cris Jones 4, Curtis Kador 3, Tiandre Jackson-Young 28.
    Marshall 53, Sulphur Springs 43 (JV)
    Sulphur Springs - Ale Rosales 5, Mason Buck 4, Zach Haywood 2, Matt Malone 8, Derrick Weeks 15, Zach Petty 4, Tyler Follis 5.
    Marshall 61, Marshall 56 (freshmen)
    Sulphur Springs - Tyrese Peters 19, Michael Arnold 4, Jackson Kinsey 11, Heston Golightly 4, Azar Myles 18.
    Next up - Tuesday, Sulphur Springs (12-11, 3-2) at Mount Pleasant, 9, JV, V.

 

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