Overtime Run Lifts Whitehouse to 70-65 Win at Marshall
MARSHALL -- A key fourth-quarter run helped Whitehouse send Tuesday's game at Marshall to overtime, when the visiting Wildcats staged a 10-0 spurt to take the lead for good in a 70-65 victory at Maverick Gymnasium.
T.J. Maxfield's overtime-opening three-pointer helped the Mavs (21-3) to a 63-58 lead two minutes into the extra period, but Whitehouse's Brady Hill scored inside off a teammate's miss to spark a 10-0 run during the next two minutes that gave the Wildcats a 68-63 advantage with a minute to play.
Whitehouse's Jake Parker hit 3 of 4 free-throw attempts during the run, while teammate Jaylon Dews had a key three-point play that preceded a technical foul, allowing Whitehouse to lead by five points.
Marshall scored quickly on Tiandre Jackson-Young's bucket with 51 seconds left to cut the deficit to three points, but the Mavs couldn't get any closer and lost for only the third time in 24 games this season.
Parker finished with a game-high 23 points, 15 rebounds, and three steals, while teammate Patrick Mahomes had 14 points, 10 boards, six assists, two blocks, and two steals. The duo combined to shoot 17-for-20 from the charity stripe as Whitehouse made 20 of 26 free-throw attempts. Hill finished with 12 points and nine rebounds and Jaylon Dews recorded 14 points, six boards, and three assists.
Jackson-Young's 22 points and 10 rebounds led Marshall, which entered the game ranked 25th in the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches' Class 4A poll. Chris Brown had 16 points and four assists, while Maxfield contributed nine points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
Mahomes played for the first time since Dec. 13, when he left with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of Whitehouse's 75-68 loss to Lubbock Monterey in the Burkburnett Tournament. He missed eight full games before returning to help the Wildcats win Tuesday at Marshall.
A 7-0 Marshall run gave the Mavericks a 57-50 lead with five minutes left in regulation, but Whitehouse stormed ahead with an 8-0 spurt -- holding the Mavs scoreless for more than four minutes of clock time -- that all came from Parker for a 58-57 advantage with 41 seconds in the fourth. Maxfield split free throws with 26 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Marshall gained its aforementioned 63-58 overtime lead before Whitehouse missed a three-pointer that hit back iron and bounced over the backboard. The ball was not ruled out of bounds and Whitehouse capitalized with Hill's aforementioned putback, which led to Mahomes' steal and layup to immediately cut the gap to one point during the game-winning 8-0 run.
Both teams are known for full-court pressure defensively, but went away from it for the second half. Marshall led 20-17 after one quarter, 36-33 at halftime, and 50-47 going to the fourth.
Whitehouse 70, No. 25 Marshall 65 (OT)
Whitehouse -- 17 16 14 11 12 -- 70
Marshall -- 20 16 14 8 7 -- 65
Whitehouse (16-4) -- Jake Parker 23, Patrick Mahomes 14, Jaylon Dews 14, Brady Hill 12, Devonn Miles 3, Spencer Shaw 2, Isiah Clark 2.
Marshall (21-3) -- Tiandre Jackson-Young 22, Chris Brown 16, T.J. Maxfield 9, Jay McKnight 5, Khaila Davis 5, Dee Osborne 4, Justin Singleton 2, T-Ray Leonard 2.