Marshall County Hoopfest - Day One

Big outings from St. Louis signee Bret Thompson and pair of Top 100 juniors

Dec. 8, 2007

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We arrived in the Bluegrass State and were treated to an overtime in the opener and some quality hoops overall in the opening night of the Marshall County Hoopfest.


Friday - December 7


Graves County (Kent.) 62 - Vienna (Ill.) 61 OT




The first half was a see-saw battle as Vienna jumped to an early 9-3 lead as Derek Trovillion and 6-foot-11 St. Louis signee Brett Thompson combined for all nine points.  Graves came right back with a flurry led by 5-foot-9 Tevin Hill who had 7 quick points to tie it at 12-all.  Vienna went into the quarter up five as Thompson finished the opening stanza with an old fashioned three point play to put Vienna up 17-12 at the buzzer.


The second quarter started with a Graves County run capped by a Spencer Baldwin three to tie it at 17-all with 6:30 to play in the half.  Both clubs traded buckets as Vienna broke open a 21-20 game with a quick 7-2 run over the last three minutes to head to the locker up 28-22 at the intermission. Brett Thompson led Vienna with 11 points, while Graves top gun was Tevin Hill with 7 points.


The third quarter started slowly with both clubs scoring on their initial possessions.  But, Graves County went on a 10-3 run midway through the quarter to tie it at 34-all with 2:45 left in the stanza.  Vienna called timeout and came back on the floor pumped scoring the next four points as Brett Thompson dominated the paint.  But, Graves closed it to one 38-37 on a long three by Tevin Hill with four seconds to play in the quarter.


The fourth quarter opened with Harris getting a three-point play to quickly tie it at 40-all.  Vienna went back to work inside to open up a 45-40 lead on buckets by Thompson and Smith.  But, Graves didn't fold and kept scrapping to keep it close cutting the lead to one 51-50 on two free throws by 5-foot-10 Justin Towery with twenty seconds to play.  Brett Thompson made two free throws to put Vienna back up by three 53-50 with 16-seconds to play.  Graves County called a timeout and set up the final play.  They inserted little used wing Josh Doggett who calmly knocked down a deep three to send it to overtime at 53-all.


The overtime started out with a 7-0 run by Graves County fueled by four points by Tevin Hill.  Brett Thompson hit a three for Vienna to cut it to 60-56, then Graves County hit two of four free throws to survive a late rally to win a hard fought 62-61 victory over a game Vienna squad.


Graves County was led by Tevin Hill and Justin Towery who finished with 16 points each.  They got lots of inside help from 6-foot-6 Cody Harris who finished with 15 points and 8 boards.  Vienna's top gun was 6-foot-11 Brett Thompson who finished with 25 points, 13 boards and 6 blocks.  6-foot-6 Tyler Smith added 13 point and 6-foot Chris Nichols added 10 points in the loss.


Paducah Tilghman (Kent.) 70 - Memphis Briarcrest (Tenn.) 63


This one matched up two very athletic clubs who were playing for Border Bragging rights.  Briarcrest jumped out to an early 8-3 advantage as their dynamite trio of juniors, 6-foot-7 Johnny Williams, 6-foot-3 Gregg Wooten, and 6-foot-5 Leslie McDonald all got in on the early scoring.  But, Tilghman bounced right back behind 6-foot-5 Stefon Perry who scored two quick buckets to tie it at 8-all with 4:51 to play in the first quarter. The two clubs traded buckets until the 1:40 mark when Leslie McDonald took over to close the quarter with four points to put Briarcrest up 19-15 at he end of one quarter.


The second quarter saw Tilghman come roaring back behind 6-foot-5 Stefon Perry to tie it at 23-all.  Tilghman took the lead on Perry's free throw to complete a three-point play, then went on an 8-2 run to open up their biggest first half lead at 32-25 before McDonald and Johnny Williams hit two late buckets to close the gap to 32-29 at the half in favor of Paducah Tilghman.  In the intermission Tilghman's top guns were Perry and 5-foot-10 Byron Wright who had 8 points each and 6-foot-6 Isaac McClure who chipped in with 6 points.  Briarcrest was led by 6-foot-3 Gregg Wooten with 12 points and Leslie McDonald who added 10 points.


The third quarter started off close as both squads scored early and often with Tilghman going inside to McClure and Greg Wooten lighting it up for Briarcrest.  It was tied at 44-all with 3:30 to go in the stanza.  But, the third quarter was just starting to become the Isaac McClure show as he scored eight points and gave Tilghman a slight 53-52 lead with a bucket and two free throws in the final minute.


Heading into the fourth quarter both clubs traded buckets for the first two and a half minutes as the Kentucky squad held on to their one point advantage 59-58 with 5-25 to play.  Coming out of a timeout Tilghman got quick buckets from Stefon Perry and Byron Wright to go up five 63-58, but it was three blocked shots on ensuing Briarcrest possessions by McClure and his put back slam that seemed to break the Memphis squad's back as Tilghman went on an 8-0 run to win a 70-63 decision going away down the stretch!


Tilghman was led by McClure with 20 points and 11 boards, while Byron Wright also tallied 20 points.  They got solid support from Stefon Perry who chipped in with 16 points.  Briarcrest's top gun was Leslie McDonald with a game high 21 points and 12 boards.  Gregg Wooten added 20 points , while Johnny Williams chipped in with 10 points and 9 boards in the loss.


Hyattsville DeMatha (Md.) 77 - Jackson Provine (Miss.) 63


The opening quarter was a display of some high powered offense by both clubs DeMatha broke away from a 17-all tie with 2:33 left in the first stanza to close the quarter with a 10-4 run fueled by back to back threes by juniors, 6-foot-5 Nate Hibbert and 6-foot-1 Marcus Rouse to open up a 27-21 advantage.


In the second quarter Provine came back in the first two and a half minutes of the period to knot it up 29-all after buckets by Scottie Haralson and 6-foot-3 junior point Carl Blair.   Both teams had short runs over the next couple minutes before tying it up again at 35-all with 2:24 left in the half.  Stellar Sophomore 6-foot-2 Josh Selby gave DeMatha the lead 42-40 at the half on a floater in the lane with just over 3-seconds left.  DeMatha's top gun in the first half was Marcus Rouse with 11 points while Nate Hibbert chipped in with 8 points.  Provine was led by Carl Blair who ended the half with 11 points.


The second half was all DeMatha as the Stags jumped on Provine early going on a 10-3 run to open up a 52-43 lead with 4:19 to play in the quarter.  They maintained that advantage throughout the rest of the third to hold on to a 60-49 lead.  The fourth quarter was furiously played, but DeMatha hit 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch to win going away by a final 77-63 margin.


Dematha's top gun was Nate Hibbert who finished with 18 points, while talented 5-foot-11 sophomore Quinn Cook added 14 points and the first half leader Marcus Rouse finished with 13 points.  Provine was led by Carl Blair with 13 points, with solid support coming from 6-foot-4 wing men Kenny Thomas and Scottie Haralson who added 11 points each in the loss.  The defensive job DeMatha's guards did on Haralson was the difference in this one.


Saturday - December 8th Schedule


12:00 PM -- Massac County (IL) - Jefferson City (MO)


1:30 PM - University Heights (KY) - Lafayette (MO)


3:30 PM - Marshall County (KY) - Rose Hill Christian (KY)


5:00 PM - Memphis White Station (TN) - Pinckneyville (IL)


6:30 PM - Oak Hill Academy (VA) - Chicago Hales Franciscan (IL)


8:00 PM - Scott County (KY) vs Chicago Whitney Young (IL)


9:30 PM - Lexington Catholic (KY) - Chicago Simeon (IL)


11:00 PM - Findlay Prep (NV) - Marietta Wheeler (GA)