Massac County's boys got a good win Friday night against Murphysboro as they overcame a 24 minute offensive drought with a 22 point fourth quarter to take a 45-39 conference win. Trailing for the entire game, the Pats mounted a 13-2 run in the final quarter and held off Murphy in the last couple of minutes to take the important conference win.
Offense was at a huge premium through three stanzas with Massac getting only two buckets in the first quarter and trailing 20-15 at halftime. The third quarter was more of the same as the two teams combined for 16 points and a 28-23 Murphy lead.
But the offense woke up in the final frame as Trajen Keyes led things off with a big triple. An offensive lane violation cost the Pats a four-point play as Keyes' free toss was waved off.
Julian Russell canned a pair of free tosses, and then he and Zach Travis lit up the 'Devils with three triples, two by Travis and one by Russell. A pair of Travis free tosses finished things off at 45-39.
The win left Massac and Murphy tied in the conference standings at 4-2 with both of Murphy's losses coming at the hands of the Patriots.
Tuesday night had Massac hosting the Mustangs from McCracken County, and the big crowd that filed in was primed for a barn-burner. They didn't get it as Massac was ice cold from the field and McCracken's big gun, Jackson Sivills, was out with the flu.
Once again scoring was at a premium. Massac was OK in the first quarter and owned a 14-13 lead. The second quarter was a real struggle, though, as the Pats put up a measly five points to fall behind 24-19 at the intermission.
The third quarter was more exciting basketball as both teams put up better numbers, but the Mustangs increased their five-point lead to 10 at 45-35 at the third horn. With the 'Stangs slowing down the pace considerably in the final frame, Massac tallied only five more points for the 58-40 final score.
Massac will be in action again this Friday night at Harrisburg before hosting back-to-back home games against Carterville on Saturday, Feb. 8 and Herrin on Friday, Feb. 14.