Patriots post wins over Herrin, DuQuoin
by Galen Shelton
Jan 08, 2014 | 1300 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kevin Welch goes for two in the Patriots’ win over DuQuoin Saturday.
— Beth Shelton | Metropolis Planet
Kevin Welch goes for two in the Patriots’ win over DuQuoin Saturday. — Beth Shelton | Metropolis Planet
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Massac County’s Patriots were back in action last weekend with a pair of wins over conference foe Herrin and Mississippi division rival DuQuoin.

Friday night’s win Herrin was a nip-and-tuck affair that saw Herrin jump out to an 11-4 lead before Massac settled down and began whittling away at the lead.

Massac outscored Herrin 11-6 to end the quarter and trailed 18-15 at the first horn. Andy Walquist followed his own miss for a bucket to open the second quarter, and when Dalton Mitchell picked off a Herrin entry pass and fed a streaking Davontay Blye for an easy layup, Massac had their first lead of the game.

Near the end of the first half, Massac’s big men misfired on a series of free throws allowing a desperation 50-footer by Herrin’s Josh Haynes to cut the margin to 28-27 at the half time horn.

Massac eased out to an eventual seven-point lead at 48-41 at the half way mark of the final frame before Herrin closed the gap to 52-49 with just over one minute left.

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