SILO – Silo Rebels welcomed the Wilson Eagles at home Friday evening as they celebrated Homecoming 2016 and the eventual winning sweep over Wilson.
The tension and intensity meters were off the charts for both the ladies and boys games and would eventually aid the Lady Rebels in a double-overtime, come-from-behind victory over the Lady Eagles and a very tight final score of 36-34 for Silo.
For the boys game, the tension spilled onto the court in the form of technical calls, ejections and a brief exchange of blows on the court between players. Despite the added pressure, the Rebels remained – “in it to win it” – and sent the Eagles packing after earning the win with a final score of 61-46.
Highlighting the Rebel victories for players, coaches, parents and spectators was the presentation of the 2016 Silo Homecoming court and the crowning of Lukas Long and Jewel Arnett as basketball king and queen during halftime of the boys game.
Karissa Marshall led the charge for the ladies with a contribution of 16 points toward the Lady Rebel victory. Next up was the soon-to-be-crowned queen, Jewel Arnett with her addition of 7 points that was followed up by Julie Cullum’s 6 points.
Giving no indication of what was in store for the night’s battles, the Lady Rebels and Lady Eagles got things off to a slow moving start as Silo landed only three points in the first quarter as a result of a free throw from Karissa Marshall and two from Cullum. It would prove to be enough however as the Lady Eagles managed just a single point as the game entered the second quarter.
Period two would not prove to be much of an improvement yet for the Lady Rebels as they gained just 4 points at the hands of Karissa Marshall and a three point swish and an additional point earned at the line. The Lady Eagles however began to pick up steam and pulled off the lead by stacking up an additional 12 points with 3 pointers making up 9 of the total at the close of round two that had the Lady Rebels down by 6 and the score at 13-7,
The momentum continued to build over time following halftime as the Lady Eagles continued to compile points as they netted an additional 8 points. The Lady Rebels mirrored that effort with an addition to the board of 8 points for Silo but still found themselves to be trailing again by 6 to begin the final quarter with the score at 21-15 in favor of Wilson.
Silo stepped it up a notch to start the fourth with Arnett and Cullum each hitting the basket to bring up another 4 points for the Lady Rebels which closed the spread to just 2 points with Silo at 19 and trailing to Wilson’s total of 21. Although a series of trips to the free throw line gained an additional 4 points for Wilson, Collum and Arnett made up the difference one bucket at a time and following a basket from Daelyn Marshall, pulled the Lady Rebels ahead by 1 with 1:08 left to play and the score at 26-25. Sending each other back for the free throw attempts however would bring the game to a tie at 27 points after each side matched the other with a single bucket at the line.
Anticipation was building by period 5 as both sides managed to tie it up again before the buzzer and each netting another three points for both side with the score tied now at 30 points. Wilson would be first to put up three points for the Lady Eagles until Karissa Marshall and Adyson Barber were sent twice to free throw line and a gain of four points for Silo with the combined effort. Barber’s two points put the Lady Rebels up by 1 point with 1:16 left on the clock. Once again however, the game came down to the free throws as each side made a final trip back and the effort to pull out every last point. In the end though, Barber’s double whammy ended it as the Lady Rebels seized the close one over Wilson with the final score at 36-34.
The boys game left no shortage of uncomfortable moments. However, the Rebels pulled out a comfortable win of 61-46 over the Eagles before showing them the road home.
Trenton Long led the Rebels in scoring with a total of 17 points followed up by Homecoming King Lukas Long’s addition of 14 points. Jake Hamilton tallied 12 points total while Bryce Brister put up 9.
Like the girls game before, things started out with a low rumble as the game tipped off. Scores were down and tied at just 5 points each with a remaining 2:45 left on the clock before a bucket from Hamilton put the Rebels up by two points to start the second period at 7-5.
Doubling the effort for the second period helped double the score with as both Longs and Bryce Brister boosted the score for the Rebels before halftime with a gain of 14 points and a lead over Wilson, 21-18.
Trenton Long and Dally Cheek opened up the explosive third and final periods for the Rebels with three point partners that fired up the spectators for more. Responding with just a single bucket from Wilson, the Rebels then jumped into a 10-2 run over the Eagles that eventually led to a technical called on Wilson Head Coach, J. Tally.
With spectators admonishing questionable officiating on behalf of Silo and a general failure to recognize fouls and rough play on the part of the Eagles, the consensus agreed that a brief fight occurring on court, that resulted in Rebel Trenton Long receiving a punch to the face, could have been avoided had officials properly observed infractions to maintain rising tensions between the two teams.
Both Long and the Wilson player alleged to have struck him and would receive a technical call. Before the game was over, another player would be ejected from the Eagle bench and a Rebel on the receiving end of an un-checked shove, fell to the court and struck his head. He could be seen on the bench for the remainder of the game, visibly ill as a result of the incident.
Despite the disappointing side of Friday’s match up, it was noted that Rebel Head Coach Brett Frank and staff maintained the focus and decorum necessary for the team as they directed the Rebels through the remainder of the third period and on to the finish. Despite two three pointers for Wilson before rounding out the third, the Rebels still carried the lead entering the final period at 46-25.
The last period began with a bucket for the Eagles followed up by two trips to the line that netted another 4 points to the Wilson score. Not to be deterred, Cheek provided another 5 for the Rebels. The remaining minutes of the game were played back and forth as each side traded baskets until the clock finally ran out for Wilson and the Rebels claimed the win at 61-46.
Special to the Democrat | Maria Moore-Kass.