Marked Tree claims fourth straight district title

Thursday, February 21, 2019
The Marked Tree Indians won their fourth consecutive district tournament title with their win over Earle this past Friday in Marked Tree. (DT Photo/Cosmo Cossey)

Marked Tree used a 22-12 third quarter to break open a close game on their way to a 57-47 win over Earle in the finals of the 2A-6 senior boys’ district tournament this past Friday at Marked Tree. The title was the fourth district title in a row for the Indians.

Marked Tree jumped out to an 8-0 lead as Brennon Honeycutt and Trayvius Brown hit back to back three-pointers before Brown scored a basket inside. The Bulldogs made back to back baskets to cut the lead to 8-4 with 3:58 left. Israel Malone hit one of two free throws for the Indians, Earle drilled back to back three-balls as Malone hit a jumper in the lane for Marked Tree to make it 11-10 Indians after one.

Earle took a 12-11 lead with a jumper early in the second quarter as the Indians got an old-school three-point play from Itavious Nesbitt and two free throws from Brown to make it 16-12 Marked Tree. The Bulldogs hit one of two free throws, Eli McCrary hit a jumper and Nesbitt hit one of two free throws for Marked Tree as Earle scored inside making the score 19-15 Indians with 5:04 left. Honeycutt hit two free throws for Marked Tree, the Bulldogs scored the next six points

Eli McCrary looks for the rim around an Earle defender during senior high district tournament action this past Friday. (DT Photo/Cosmo Cossey)

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