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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