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Too Little Too Late at Parkway West

January 16, 2013
Marquette Mustang Basketball

A night that featured a Marquette offensive attack early and late that rivaled anything the Mustangs had accomplished at the bucket the entire season was sandwiched around a middle 18 or so minutes of lackluster play.  Parkway West took advantage of the Mustang malaise to build a lead that stood the test of a desperate Mustang comeback to the tune of a 61-54 victory.

After a Longhorn steal and lay-in on the first possession of the contest, Marquette answered with consecutive Matt Hink post-ups to take a 4-2 lead.  That lead would balloon to a 13-7 advantage on a couple of Dillon Jones drives, a Brooks Gerrity three and another Hink bucket.  With the game in hand and ready to be taken control of with under a minute to go though, an ill-advised Mustang shot with 40 ticks left gave the home team an opportunity.  That chance would result in a buzzer-beating three leaving MHS up 13-10 after a quarter. 

While Marquette would continue to shoot the ball effectively in the second (4/6 from the floor), an uncharacteristically-poor effort defensively was negating the offense.  West would can two threes in the second and get behind the MHS defense twice for lay-ins and extend the lead to 25-18 at the half.

The third almost saw the game get out of reach.  With West shooting a high-percentage (two threes and three MORE transition lay-ins), the lead shot up to as high as 13 at one point.  With Marquette going cold (1/7 from the floor in the quarter), the period ended mercifully for the Mustangs who were now trailing it 40-28 heading to the huddle.

After the first two possessions resulting in 0/2 from the floor and1/4 from the free throw line as the result of a couple of offensive boards, Marquette still trailed it by a dozen.  AT that point, the tables began to turn.   Over the course of the next dozen trips down the floor spanning approximately the next 5:30 on the clock, Marquette would shoot 6/7 from the field (including three three-pointers) and get to the foul line on each trip that didn’t result in a field goal (canning 10/13 in the process).  A game that at the end of three stanzas seemed in the bag was now truly a GAME.  The key became the free throw line.  While Marquette would shoot a respectable 15/24 from the line including the aforementioned 10/13 in the quarter, Parkway West did a good impression of the Mustangs from five nights prior vs Parkway South.  That night MHS nailed 20/22 and tonight West would can 19/23 to account for the point differential along with the transition buckets given up earlier in the game.  Even with all that, Marquette pulled to within three on two separate occasions but either missed the foul shot to pull to within two or a field goal to tie or cut it to one.  The fourth quarter Longhorn free throws (18/21 in the period) were clutch and key for the final home squad’s 61-54 victory (those 61 points the most given up by Marquette this season-the previous high being 49).

Teams that aren’t successful on a given night are always eager to get back at it, but Marquette must play the waiting game.  The next scheduled game will take the Mustangs to Miller County to participate in the 82nd Annual Eldon Invitational.  The tournament tips off with the first-ever meeting between MHS and Sedalia Smith-Cotton at the EHS Gymnasium on Thursday, January 24 at 4:30.

Leading Scorers:  Matt Hink-19, Brooks Gerrity-18, Dillon Jones-11.  Leading Rebounders:  Matt Hink-12.  Leading Assists:  Chris Lenzen-5, Dillon Jones-3. 

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