Mansfield Timberview Crushes Marshall In Area Round
EUSTACE -- Marshall's second straight 30-win season came to a close Friday at Eustace High School in the area round of the Class 5A playoffs.
The Mavericks were trounced, 80-57, by Mansfield Timberview. It brought to an end the second most successful campaign in school history, in terms of total wins.
"We had trouble with their length," Marshall head coach Bobby Carson said. "They handled the ball well and they were long. We knew their offense was going to cause some problems going in, and it was hard to get some penetration underneath. They’ve got a great ball club."
Length, productivity on defense and a 17-3 run in the second quarter catapulted Timberview (23-9) to the win and a date with Lufkin in the regional quarterfinal round next week.
Once Timberview got ahead by double digits at the 4:41 mark of the second quarter, Marshall (30-3) never got closer than three possessions at any point the rest of the contest.
It looked like it was going to get ugly even quicker. The Mavericks gave up a 10-2 opening run before tying the score at 10-10 and then falling back to 14-12 at the first quarter buzzer.
Senior center Tiandre Jackson-Young tied things up a second and final time with a hard drive and layup to cap the very first possession of the second quarter, 14-14.
Marshall went empty handed its next four possessions to help Timberview lay the framework of its decisive run. Timberview simultaneously converted its four alternating possessions with 3-for-3 shooting from the field and a pair of free throws from Tim Johnson for a 23-14 lead.
Jackson-Young snapped what was then a 9-0 run with a layup, but the Mavericks' next four shots were off the mark as were three of four free throws. Timberview scored points on each of its four following trips up the floor for a commanding 31-17 advantage.
It didn't get much better. Marshall had eight shots blocked, closed the game shooting 31 percent from the field on 61 attempts and lost offensive rebound opportunities at a 2:1 ratio.
Jackson-Young scored 21 points in the second half of the contest for 33 total points. Shooting guard Trel Patton added 10 points, all in the second half, to headline Mavericks scorers.
Friday's game marked the end of the potent inside-outside duo's high school basketball careers.
"They played hard for all four quarters," Carson said. "I’m proud of our seniors Trel and Tiandre. I had them playing so many minutes and they were so exhausted, but they still hung in there."
Johnson led 11 Timberview scorers with 23 points. Chris Mullins added another 17 points to round out all players in double figures.
Marshall failed to match last season's win total of 31 games with the area round loss. However, the team did advance a round further in the postseason this year and won the District 15-5A championship for a second year in a row.
Ten of 13 Mavericks players from the playoff roster will return to the varsity team next season.
"There were lots of milestones and lots of success," Carson said. "I was telling the kids when they look back on this in weeks, months and years, they’re going to remember the good times like wining the district championship and time with their teammates. The kids stepped up and we’re going to step up again next year. These kids know how to step up."
Mansfield Timberview 80, Marshall 57
Boys Class 5A Area-Round Game
At Eustace High School
Timberview 14 23 21 22 -- 80
Marshall 12 12 13 20 -- 57
MANSFIELD TIMBERVIEW (23-9) -- Tim Johnson 23, Chris Mullins 17, Isaac Likele 9, Williams Owens 8, Jarius Thomas 7, Colin Hadnot 6, Myles Austin 2, Jaylon Calhoun 2, Roman Garrett-Anderson 2, Rossie Paul 2, C.J. Smith 2.
MARSHALL (30-3) -- Tiandre Jackson-Young 33, Trell Patton 10, Marje Smith 8, Kris Dunn 3, Brandon Lister 2, Tre Macon 1.
THREE-POINT GOALS -- Timberview: Hadnot, Johnson, Likele, Thomas. Marshall: Patton (2), Smith (2), Jackson-Young.