McDonald’s All-Americans recognized at Patriots game
Marion wins against Mountain Home, Reeves and Boyce honored By Tyler Bennett Marion School District The Patriots split their Tuesday night meeting with the Mountain Home Bombers in a pair of games where the three-pointer was the deciding factor.
Marion was also able to celebrate two of its boys’ basketball players and the national honors that they received.
Seniors Detrick Reeves Jr. and Makyi Boyce were named as nominees for the McDonald’s All-American teams last week. The two received a commemorative plaque recognizing their accomplishment before their first game at Patriot Arena since the announcement.
“I think it speaks to just how good they and a lot of the kids in this area are at this game,” Marion coach David Clark said. “I love those two to death. They put in hard work every day and are very deserving of every award or honor that they get. It says a lot about this community and this program to have two guys like that.”
The night started with a physical game between the Lady Patriots (8-11 overall, 1-3 5A East) and the Lady Bombers (14-3, 3-1).
The Lady Patriots used their inside presence to start out strong, but the outside shooting ability of the Lady Bombers proved to be too much in this contest.
The Lady Pats did most of their first half damage in the paint, which led to their 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, the Lady Bombers started hitting their shots in the second quarter, including the three-pointer, and trimmed the Marion lead to 24-21 at the half.
Mountain Home took the lead in the third quarter, holding Marion to only two made field goals in the third quarter. Marion finally regained their offensive rhythm in the fourth quarter, but the Bombers were able to answer to take the 43-40 win.
Up next was a chance for the Patriots (6-10, 2-2) to return to .500 in conference play against the Bombers (11-7, 1-3). Marion used the longball to their advantage against the fundamentally sound Bombers.
The first two buckets for both teams were three-pointers, but Marion found enough production around the rim for an 18-11 lead after the first. Junior Darrius Waterford made the first two three’s for Marion and senior B.J. Johnson made one as well.
The defenses tightened up in the second quarter, but Waterford was able to sink another three-pointer to extend the lead. Marion outscored the Bombers 11-9 in the quarter to give them a 29-21 lead at the break.
The second half belonged to Detrick Reeves. After a threepoint first half, the senior guard took over, scoring twenty of Marion’s thirty-two second half points. Reeves made half of Marion’s eight three-pointers, all of which came in the second half.
Marion came out strong in the second half, outscoring the Bombers 17-9 in the third and 33-27 overall in the half. The 61-48 win is their third-straight over the Bombers.
Up next for the Pats is a Friday night road trip to Greene County Tech on January 24. Tipoff for the girls’ game is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
with the boys’ game beginning at approximately 7:30 p.m.