EPC holds on to beat rival Marked Tree
EPC withstood an early fourth quarter charge from Marked Tree and then hit enough free throws down the stretch to claim a 72-63 conference win over the Indians this past Tuesday in Lepanto.
J'Sebian Brown got inside for EPC basket to open the scoring as Marked Tree responded with Tray Brown jumper and a three-pointer from Colby Malone making the score 5-2 Indians. Xzavier Reed hit two free throws for the Warriors before Markel Perry-Washington threw down a one-handed slam for Marked Tree to make the score 7-4 Indians with 3:46 left. Travis Joplin put back an offensive rebound, Jase Whitfield hit a jumper in the lane and Reed converted an old-school three-point play as the Warriors took an 11-7 lead only to see Marked Tree get a jumper in the lane from Malone and two free throws from Perry-Washington to tie the game at 11 at the end of one.
J'Sebian Brown opened the second quarter with a three-ball from the right wing for EPC only to see Paul Coleman convert a conventional three-point play for Marked Tree to make it 14-14. Tray Brown drained a three-pointer from the right corner for the Indians before Reed scored inside for EPC to make the score 17-16 Indians. Coleman scored inside for Marked Tree, J'Sebian Brown hit a jumper in the lane for the Warriors, Perry-Washington hit one of two free throws for the Indians and J'Sebian Brown canned a three-ball for EPC making the score 21-20 Warriors with 4:06 left. Malone and Tray Brown connected on back to back three-pointers for the Indians to give Marked Tree a 26-21 lead before J'Sebian Brown answered with a jumper in the lane for EPC to make the score 26-23. Coleman hit a jumper in the lane for EPC as J'Sebian Brown scored inside and Joplin scored off the fast break to make the score 28-27 Marked Tree. Nick Andrews scored in the paint for the Indians and then sank two free throws to give the Indians a 32-27 lead with less than a minute left. Reed put back an offensive board a few seconds later to make the score 32-29 Marked Tree at the half.
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