Patriots split with Murphy, Marion
by Galen Shelton
Feb 04, 2014 | 608 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Massac’s Jalen Roundtree loses the handle against Marion last Saturday. Roundtree led the Pats with 18 points, but Marion won on a buzzer-beater.
— Beth Shelton | Metropolis Planet
Massac’s Jalen Roundtree loses the handle against Marion last Saturday. Roundtree led the Pats with 18 points, but Marion won on a buzzer-beater. — Beth Shelton | Metropolis Planet
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Massac’s Patriots split a pair last week, picking up a closely contested 55-49 home win over Murphysboro on Friday and dropping a heart stopper at Marion on Saturday.

When Murphy’s best player, Stephen Eldridge, left the game with a rolled ankle in the second quarter, it looked like Massac would be able to pull away from the Red Devils, but that wasn’t the case.

In fact, it was nip and tuck all the way to the end, with Massac leading by just two at 49-47 with less than a minute to play.

But clutch free throw shooting in the last minute pulled the Pats to the win.

Three big three-pointers by Kyle Reinwald woke the Pats up in the second quarter helping them to a 21-20 halftime lead. A huge steal and layup from Eli Rose late in the final frame appeared to shake Murphy a little, and from there it was Dalton Mitchell’s free throws that sealed the deal.

Mitchell made seven of eight for the night and led the Pats with 24 points. Included in the 24 was Mitchell’s 1,000th career point.

Reinwald was the only other Pat in double figures in scoring with 10.

If you didn’t know better, you would have been tempted to think the Saturday night affair at Marion was a prelude to the Super Bowl.

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