Undefeated BIC defeats Marked Tree, in boys action

Friday, December 13, 2002
Marked Tree center Alan Price battles for position against two BIC defenders, last Friday night. BIC defeated Marked Tree 64-51, in a key Class AA battle. (Delta Life Sports Photo/Michael Wilkey)

A key second half run and four players for BIC in double figures were the difference last Friday night, as BIC defeated Marked Tree 64-51, in senior high boys action.

Marked Tree, playing only its second game of the year and its first game in 11 days, appeared lethargic in the first half, trailing BIC 17-11 after one quarter and 33-18 at the half. After a 5-3 lead by Marked Tree halfway through the first quarter, BIC jumped ahead with a 14-6 run, with the shooting of Brandon Ballard and Brooks Taylor. Ballard and Taylor combined for 27 points in the win and several points in the first quarter. BIC (15-0), in the second quarter, began to play methodically and began to put the Indians into early foul trouble. Both Alan Price and Brad Jones picked up their third fouls in the first half, setting the tone for the rest of the game.

In the second half, Marked Tree went on an 8-0 run to start the half, keyed by the play of Russell Gray, Jones and Price. After the run by Marked Tree (1-1), the bottom figuratively fell out for Marked Tree. BIC went on a 17-6 run through the end of the third quarter, controlling the tempo of the game. BIC was keyed by the play of four players, who scored in double figures. The Mustangs were led by Mark Hawkins, who scored 16 points; Brooks Taylor with 14 points and Brandon Ballard and Josh Shepard, both with 13 points. Marked Tree was led by Brad Jones, who led all scorers with 25 points. After the game, BIC Head Coach Bill Taylor told Delta Life that his team's shooting improved in the second half. Taylor said, "We did not shoot well in the first half. (At halftime), we finally got it together." A possible key to the game, say both coaches is that BIC played its 15th game of the year Friday night, while Marked Tree was competing in its second game Friday. Coach Taylor added, "(Marked Tree) is a good team with a good coach. I would hate to meet them in March." Marked Tree Head Coach Barbara Wilburn did not comment on the game, but agreed with Taylor's assessment that the 15 games already played by BIC this year were a major component to the game.

BIC also won the junior high game 52-41. BIC led throughout the game, leading 16-8 after one quarter, 27-19 at halftime and 43-32 at the end of three quarters. BIC was led by Cord Rose, who led all scorers with 16 points. Marked Tree was led by Ray Jones, who scored 15 points. Robert Tyree added nine points, while Bryan Coleman picked up eight points for the Jr. Indians.

After a huge game against Hughes on Tuesday night, Marked Tree returns home this Friday, to face the Cross County Thunderbirds. Game time at Indian Fieldhouse is 6:00 p.m.

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