Thursday, February 02, 2017 - Updated: 8:33 AMThe rough patch for Massac County’s Patriots continued as the boys lost a tough one down at Murray to Calloway County 69-62, got thumped 63-49 at Murphysboro and lost a really hard fought game at home to Marion by a score of 51-43.
At Murray, in a nutshell, the game boiled down to the last two minutes and free throw shooting. Murray went to the line 10 times and made 8 in the waning moments and Massac went 8 times converting only two.
The Murphy game was not nearly as nuanced as the Lakers game. The ‘Devils raced to a 7-0 lead out of the gate and piled up a 20-7 lead at the first horn. Scoring at will from inside in the first quarter and holding Massac to 2 of 12 shooting, the ‘Devils made a statement early.
The second half was another thing as Murphy rained seven triples on Massac and put the game out of reach at 43-19. The lead grew a little more before both coaches made wholesale changes late in the third quarter.
At home Friday night and without big man Isaiah Thompson, the boys fought like the dickens to a Marion team also without a key cog in Justin Shadowens but still came up short.
The Pats held the lead at 3-0 and were tied with Marion twice, at 3 and at 5, but otherwise trailed the entire game.
Marion’s lead was four at the first horn, remained four at halftime, increased to five in the third quarter and remained between three and eight throughout the fourth quarter.
Although the end result was another loss for Massac, the effort was there. Solid efforts by Cade Burgess and Logan Forthman along with a kamikaze effort by Caleb Duckworth and a spirited fourth quarter from Kris Miller had to leave the Massac faithful with a good feeling.