Tatum Holiday Hoopfest: Marshall + Tatum Win Twice on First Day
TATUM -- Tatum capped its opening day performance at the 2012 Tatum Holiday Hoopfest with a 74-51 win against New Boston, but the Eagles had an even bigger win earlier in the day.
Class 2A's No. 7 Eagles (9-3) had six players score at least six points in an 82-45 rout of Woden in an 11:30 a.m. game. Robbie Rockwell, who scored 22 later in the day against New Boston, dropped 26 in the morning contest, while Javolick Garrett added 15 points. Casey Carr and Cole Hughes scores eight points apiece. Devonte Alexander chipped in with seven points, and Jahee Johnson had six.
Tatum ended the competitive portion of the game with a huge third quarter. The Eagles outscored Woden 30-6 in the third to take a 74-40 lead to the final period.
Donald Strickland led Woden with 15 points. Blake Reimer added 10.
Tatum plays Marshall at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Eagle Coliseum at the second day of the Tatum Holiday Hoopfest. Woden continues tournament play with a 10:30 game against New Boston in the Tatum High School gym across the street from Eagle Coliseum.
Bracket play starts at 2 p.m. Friday.
Marshall Cruises to 87-44 Win Over Woden
Four Mavericks scored in double figures to lead Marshall to an easy 87-44 victory against Woden in a 4 p.m. game in the high school gym.
Marshall led 40-26 at halftime and stretched that lead to 59-38 entering the fourth, when the Mavs outscored Woden 28-6.
Marshall Rolls Past New Boston, 101-63
Thirteen Mavericks recorded at least two points to fuel Marshall's 101-63 blowout of New Boston in an 11:30 a.m. game Thursday in the high school gym.
Marshall hit five first-quarter three-pointers and led 31-15 entering the second, when the Mavericks stretched their lead to 52-33 at halftime.
Marshall exploded for 36 third-quarter points to put the game completely out of reach.
Jeff Gladney's 18 points led New Boston, which got 17 from Tyjae Clark and 10 from Jerical Hardeman.
Jacksonville Builds Double-Digit Lead to Hold Off Pleasant Grove
Jacksonville assembled an 18-point lead through three quarters to beat Pleasant Grove 56-43 in Thursday's 1 p.m. game in Eagle Coliseum.
Raybon Riden led Jacksonville with 15 points, while Dadrian Franklin scored 14. Daytron Thompson had eight points.
Jacksonville, which was 13-0 entering a 5:30 p.m. Thursday game against Carthage in the Tatum High School gym, is ranked 21st in Class 4A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
Reggie Myrks led Pleasant Grove with 10 points, followed by Dustin Thomas' nine and Cory Menah's seven.
Pine Tree plays Jacksonville (high school gym) and Carthage plays Pleasant Grove (Eagle Coliseum) in Friday noon games.
Free-Throw Line Helps Pine Tree Run Away from Carthage, 70-44
Caleb Chumley made nine first-quarter free throws in what was a harbinger of what was to come in Pine Tree's 70-44 win against Carthage in Thursday's 1 p.m. contest in the high school gym.
Pine Tree (6-9), which lost 63-48 to Pleasant Grove in a 5:30 game at Eagle Coliseum, shot 26 of 36 from the free-throw line. That was in stark contrast to Carthage's 9-for-26 foul shooting.
Pine Tree led 33-18 at halftime. Chumley scored a game-high 19 points, while Garrett Rayburn scored 10. Mason Hays and Robert Hines had nine apiece, and Brett Lacy contributed eight. Victor Hawkins had seven.
Ashton Robertson led Carthage with 12 points, while Tra Leary and Okeeron Rutherford had seven and six, respectively.
Three Bobcats in Double Figures as Hallsville Beats Henderson, 52-25
Cody Blankenship scored a game-high 15 points to lead Hallsville to a 52-25 win against Henderson in Thursday's 2:30 p.m. game in the high school gym.
Ronnie Gideon hit 8 of 9 free-throw attempts and scored 14 points, while Nolan Faires added 10 for the Bobcats, who led 30-17 at half before outscoring the Lions 12-2 in the third quarter.
Trace McNew led Henderson with six points.
Henderson plays Center in a 9 a.m. Friday game in Eagle Coliseum.
Faires, Blankenship Power Hallsville Past Center
Nolan Faires and Cody Blankenship scored 15 points apiece to lead Hallsville to a 54-26 win against Center in Thursday's 10 a.m. game in Eagle Coliseum.
Faires and Blankenship each hit three three-pointers. Hallsville led 35-14 at halftime.
Hallsville's Macailyn Wilder scored seven and Ronnie Gideon had six.
Center Drops Elysian Fields, 64-21
Center scored 29 second-quarter points to run away with a 64-21 win against Elysian Fields in Thursday's 2:30 p.m. game in Eagle Coliseum.
That big second quarter enabled the Roughriders to take a 37-6 advantage to halftime.
Henderson Nets Big Second Half for 49-21 Win Over Elysian Fields
Henderson outscored Elysian Fields 32-9 in the final two quarters to pull away from Elysian Fields for a 49-21 win in Thursday's 10 a.m. game in the Tatum High School gym.
Travis Barr led Henderson with nine points, followed by Daryle Washington's eight and seven apiece from Tre' Hollins, McKenna Hunt, and Mansel Van Zandt. Zane Boles scored six points. Ta'Ondrick Thurkill had five.