Warriors fall to Marked Tree in semi-finals thriller

Thursday, February 21, 2019
EPC’s TJ Bush tires to drive past Marked Tree’s Trayvius Brown during their 2A-5 district tournament game last Thursday in Marked Tree. (DT Photo/Cosmo Cossey)

Freshman Itavious Nebitt scored a basket with 14 seconds left to give Marked Tree a 61-60 lead as the Indians added two late free throws to take a 63-60 win over rival EPC in the semi-finals of the 2A-6 district tournament last Thursday in Marked Tree.

Trayvius Brown gave the Indians the early 3-0 lead with a three-pointer as EPC answered with a basket inside from Preston Rains to make it 3-2 Marked Tree. Michael Williams canned a three-ball for the Warriors as Lavonta Taylor added a steal and layup for EPC to make it 7-3 Warriors. Israel Malone got a stick back for the Indians, Taylor hit a jumper for EPC before Brennon Honeycutt drilled a three-pointer for Marked Tree to make it 9-8 EPC with 2:17 left. Taylor netted a three-ball for the Warriors, Jack Brown canned a three-pointer for Marked Tree, Trayvius Brown converted an old-school three-point play for the Indians as Rains hit one of two free throws for EPC to make it 14-12 Marked Tree at the end of one.

EPC opened the second quarter with a 12-0 run as Rains scored inside, Tysean Garrett stuck back an offensive rebound, TJ Bush converted an old-fashioned three-point play, Rayshon Gates drilled a three-pointer and Bush had a stick back basket to make it 25-14 Warriors with 4:49 left. Honeycutt canned a trey for Marked Tree, Jonathan Gilmore scored inside for the Warriors, Honeycutt canned another three-ball before Jack Brown got a steal and layup for the Indians to cut the lead to 27-22. Williams hit a three-pointer for EPC, BJ Marshall hit one of two free throws for the Indians, Jack Brown hit two free throws for Marked Tree before Gilmore scored in the paint for the Warriors to make it 32-25 EPC. A scuffle broke out before play resumed with Jack Brown being ejected for Marked Tree and technical fouls given to Jack Brown and EPC’s Gilmore and Bush. Trayvius Brown hit all four technical free throws for the Indians as Taylor hit one of two technical free throws for EPC to make the halftime score 33-29 Warriors.

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