COLBERT — In an energy charged game Friday night, the Colbert Leopards and Silo Rebels went head-to-head in the kind of sporting battle that keeps fans on their feet and coaches pacing at the bench. After the dust had settled, however, Colbert would be the team still standing on their home court in a narrow victory over Silo 67-63.
Both teams were on target for the game with players scores hitting the double digits. Colbert Senior Macklain Marquez cleaned up with 24 points as lead scorer followed by Senior James Copley whose 21 total points scored came from seven direct hits from three-point territory. Junior Kris Singleton put up 9 points total toward the win.
On the Rebel side, Bryce Brister led the charge racking up a total of 22 points followed closely by Jake Hamilton’s 21 points. Dally Cheek and Austin Thomas each tallied in a tie with 5 points.
Coley immediately headed out of the gate ready for action and giving Colbert the first three points of the night. After a pair of buckets for Silo led by Hamilton, Colbert took over again as Marquez began a run of 8-4 over Colbert including two consecutive three pointers again from Copely. With the next two points put up by Silo’s Bryce Brister, the game turned to repeat as Marquez and Copley took charge again, this time on a 6-2 run that featured another consecutive pair of three points swishers from Copley and building up a little breathing room between the scores with Colbert at 21 and Silo at 8. Each team closed out the period with a single bucket and the score at 23-10 going into second period play.
Singleton kicked things off again for Colbert in round 2 before Silo took over with a pair of shots. Hamilton rounded up two more from the free throw line before a 7-2 run left Silo trailing still by 19 points with the score at 35-16. As Silo pushed on in efforts to close the spread, Marquez snagged a steal around mid-court with 1:19 left on the clock and a trip to the free throw line where he netted an additional 4. In a game full of questionable or sometimes missed calls, both sides finished the quarter on the free throw line with the score at 41-24 for Colbert.
Jumping right back into the fray after the half, Bryce Brister began building up steam with his first 3 point stretch of the game which was immediately answered by Copely with another 3 points for Colbert. In back and forth rounds of possession, Colbert slowed the pace a little by only acquiring another 10 points for the quarter while Silo built momentum steadily and earned an additional 17, narrowing the gap in score to just 10 points with Colbert still in the lead at 51-41.
With tensions running high, Silo’s Bryce Brister roared back onto the court with a one man run of 11-0 over the Leopards including back to back three pointers and one on the back side and pushed the Rebels into the lead with just one point and 5:47 on the clock. The Leopards, not ready to give up the lead, responded with a bucket from Singleton before Silo grabbed two more baskets off a trip to the free throw line from Hamilton. Colbert then had turns at the free throw as Rickman and Marquez racked up 6.
The Rebels didn’t have hands on the ball for much longer before Marquez swooped in again on a steal and polished it off with a layup that again gave the Leopards the lead of 4 and the score at 60-56. Once again Hamilton landed two for the Rebels at the free throw line before Colbert’s next run of 6-2 that yet again ended on the Rebel free throw line and Hamilton putting up 2 more points.
With 33 seconds left to play, Austin Thomas dropped a three point bucket that brought the score to 65-59 with the Leopards maintaining the lead. After winding down the clock on each other’s free throw lines, a final three pointer pushed the Rebels to just a 3 point trail behind the Rebels with the stands on their feet. The momentum was there for the Rebels, but time was on the Leopard’s end of the court this time as Ryan Baker took the last shot for Colbert to sew it up at 67-63 and the Leopards earning this one in the win column.
Special to the Democrat | Maria Moore-Kass.