Patriots handle Herrin, 48-27
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Surrounded by Tigers, Patriot Eli Rose fights for posession during Massac’s game at Herrin on Feb. 25.
— Beth Shelton | Metropolis Planet
Surrounded by Tigers, Patriot Eli Rose fights for posession during Massac’s game at Herrin on Feb. 25. — Beth Shelton | Metropolis Planet
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With the court seemingly to himself, Dalton Mitchell goes for a layup as the Patriots took on the Herrin Tigers Feb. 25.
— Beth Shelton | Metropolis Planet
With the court seemingly to himself, Dalton Mitchell goes for a layup as the Patriots took on the Herrin Tigers Feb. 25. — Beth Shelton | Metropolis Planet
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After the spectacle of the West Frankfort game, this one took some patience.

You know the old phrase “puttin’ lipstick on a pig”? This game took a lot of Revlon, if you know what I mean.

Massac’s tight 2-3 defense completely shut down the Herrin Tigers on Feb. 25, and while the Pats didn’t exactly light things up, they scored enough to pull off a 21-point win.

A hum-drum first quarter ended with Massac holding to an 8-7 lead and a lot of spectators waiting on some basketball action.

With Massac holding a 12-11 lead and five and a half minutes to go in the first half, Dalton Mitchell took things into his own hands scoring 10 points and assisting on the Pats’ other basket pushing the halftime score out to 24-14.

From there on, it went south badly for Herrin. Massac tacked five more points on to the halftime margin to lead 39-25 at the end of three before both teams turned mainly to their respective benches in the final frame.

It didn’t make much difference though, as the Patriots held Herrin to just a single field goal in the last eight minutes for the final 48-27 tally.

Mitchell was the only Pat to reach double figures with 17 to go with a couple of assists.

Massac County was scheduled to play Herrin again in the first round of the Class 3A regional action Monday, March 3 at Herrin, but this latest round of the “polar vortex” postponed regional play until Tuesday, March 4.
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