Friday’s night’s foe was Harrisburg — ‘nuff said.
The Pats did what they have done every time they have played this bunch, and that is give an honest 100 percent effort, keeping the game close for most of the game but eventually succumbing to the relentless pressure the top-ranked Class 2A school in the state brings to bear on you.
Harrisburg attacks on both sides of the ball with athletic defenders and some skilled ball handling and excellent shooters.
Harrisburg broke on top with a 6-0 run to start the game before Daz Nickerson broke the ice for Massac with a free throw. The first quarter ended with Harrisburg on top 18-9.
The second quarter was fairly even with Harrisburg tallying 15 points to the Pats’ 12 for a 33-21 halftime lead.
The third quarter started with a series of turnovers by both teams before Davontay Blye got the Pats rolling with a driving bucket.
Blye scored off a Dalton Mitchell steal to cut the Bulldog lead to eight. Ethan Schulte spotted up outside for a rare three-pointer and the deficit was at five but things unraveled fast from there.
Tyler Smithpeters went on a tear scoring six unanswered points and an Eli Taborn-Scott bucket iced the cake for the ‘Dogs.
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