Marked Tree beats Trumann for Jennings title

Thursday, December 14, 2017
The Marked Tree Indians captured the Gerald Jennings Boys' Tournament championship trophy this past Friday with their win over Trumann. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

Marked Tree jumped out to a double digit lead over Trumann by halftime before surviving the Wildcats' run to start the fourth quarter as the Indians posted a 61-50 win to take home the championship trophy of the Gerald Jennings Boys' Tournament being played in Lepanto.

The Indians came out blazing as they jumped out to a 13-0 lead. Trayvius Brown opened the scoring with a basket inside, Paul Coleman hit one of two free throws, Trayvius Brown canned a three-pointer, scored off the fast break and drilled another three-pointer before Colby Malone got a steal and layup with 3:12 left. Back to back baskets from Trumann's Ben Turner made it 13-4 as Coleman scored from the paint for the Indians making it 15-4. Turner hit a jumper in the lane before netting a three-pointer for the Wildcats to cut the lead to 15-9. Jack Brown's jumper in the lane for Marked Tree with four seconds left in the quarter made the score 17-9 Indians after one.

Marked Tree stretched the lead to 22-9 as Trayvius Brown got a steal and pulled up for a three-pointer and Markel Perry hit a jumper. Turner had a two-handed slam dunk for Trumann, AJ Johnson hit one of two free throws for the Indians, Alex Moses hit a jumper for the Wildcats as Perry scored inside for Marked Tree to make the score 28-13 Indians with 4:42 left. Zac Buchanan hit a jumper for the Wildcats, Malone answered with a jumper for Marked Tree, TJ McGuire scored inside before the Indians got a three-ball for Malone, an old-school three-point play from Perry and an inside basket from Coleman to make it 35-17 Marked Tree. Trumann got a jumper from MJ Barnes as Jack Brown drilled a three-pointer for the Indians to make the score 38-19 Marked Tree at the half.

Markel Perry of Marked Tree blocks the shot attempt of Trumann's Zach Buchanan during championship game action this past Friday in Lepanto. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

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