In the second round for the boys in the Bryan County Tournament in Rock Creek it was another tight match up between the Rock Creek Mustangs and the Colbert Leopards. The Mustangs beat out the Leopards to move ahead in the tournament, 38-34.
Matt Converse led the Mustangs in scoring with 9 points followed closely by Shacona Vandendburg’s 8 points. Darian James turned in 7 points while Davis Rogers and Brock Allen each put up 5 points.
For the Leopards, Macklain Marquez produced the most points with 14, followed by 6 points from Kris Singleton and 5 points each from James Copley and Logan Corbett.
In the first period, both teams traded baskets throughout play but got off to a slow start in scoring as Rock Creek took the first lead of the game at 9-8 before going into the second period.
The Mustangs took the first punch to start round two after a layup from Austin Green. Following a trade in scores that momentarily put the Leopards ahead, Rock Creek took out on a 6-3 that put them in the lead again at 15-14 with 3:26 left to play. Eager to catch up again, Singleton put up a basket for the Leopards followed up by a three point hit from Copley that brought the Leopards ahead again headed into halftime with the score at 15-19.
Colbert kept with the momentum after returning from the half with the first basket provided by Marquez that was immediately followed up with a 6-2 run by the Mustangs that tied it up at 21 points with 4:06 remaining in the period. The Leopards were unable to add anything additional with the exception of a free throw from Singleton before a basket each from Mustangs Converse and Rogers gave Rock Creek the lead headed into the final period with the score at 26-22.
Ahead by 4 points, Rock Creek’s Allen opened the quarter with a basket that set off a back and forth routine with both sides one upping each other as the clock ran down.
After a 4-3 run from Colbert that still left them trailing by 3 points, it was the hits from the free throw line from Converse that gave the Mustangs the edge and despite the final 3 point swish from Colbert’s Marquez, it still would not be enough to close the gap for the Leopards and the Mustangs took the victory to advance in the playoffs with the final score at 34-38.
Special to the Democrat | Maria Moore-Kass.