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Bears Overcome Marsh, Wildcats

Woodlawn’s Treys Help Overcome 33-Point Effort From Rison’s Marsh

MONSTER NIGHT FOR MARSH – Rison’s Frederick Marsh goes to the basket against (left to right) Woodlawn’s Nick Willis (5), Austin Weatherford (1) and Justin Hargrave (12) in first half action Monday night at the Woodlawn Gym. Marsh caught fire in the second half, scoring 23 of his game-high 33 points over the final two quarters. Weatherford, meanwhile, hit four 3-pointers in the second half as the Bears rallied from an eight-point deficit.

WOODLAWN – Woodlawn found its range late as the Bears used their 3-point shooting and free throws to overcome a 33-point performance by Rison’s Frederick Marsh and pull away late for 92-78 victory over the Wildcats Monday night before a packed house at the Woodlawn Gym.

Marsh could practically do no wrong in the second half, scoring 23 of his 33 points over the final two quarters, including a dozen in the third period as Rison turned a 33-32 halftime deficit into an eight-point lead.

Woodlawn’s Austin Weatherford drained a trey to start the second half to put the Bears up 36-32, but Rison came storming back, reeling off an 18-6 run that put the ‘Cats up by eight about midway through the third.

After Weatherford’s 3, Landric Lea had a bucket and then Marsh converted on a three-point play after he was fouled on a layup, giving Rison a 37-36 lead. Another score by Marsh made it 39-36 Wildcats before Weatherford hit another trey to even it up. Lea came came with a basket for Rison but a 3-pointer from Woodlawn’s Cole Reynolds gave the Bears a 42-41 lead.

That’s about the time that Woodlawn began to sputter on offense while Rison began to find its rhythm.

It started when Malik Chavis muscled his way inside for a bucket to give the Wildcats a 43-42 lead. Then Chris Lawson, Marsh and Chavis followed with three more baskets and when Chavis hit the first of two free throws, Rison suddenly had the momentum and a 50-42 lead midway through the third quarter.

To read the full article, see the January 10, 2018 print or e-Herald edition of The Herald.

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