The Tiger boys made the trip worth the price of admission and more in La Plata on Friday night.
After Levi Terrell hit both ends of a one-and-one with five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to tie the ballgame at 51 points apiece, the Tigers forced a turnover in the defensive backcourt and coach Paul Stevens burned a timeout with nine-tenths of a second remaining.
The Tigers drew up a play for Terrell, and with a defender at his back, he successfully got the shot to drop from right under the basket as time expired to cap his 13-point evening.
The Tigers move to 2-4 with the 53-51 victory.
"We designed that play at the very beginning of the year, just getting the ball into the post because my coach believes in me," Terrell said.
After the Tigers held a nine-point lead at the end first half, the Bulldogs battled back in the third quarter after holding Marceline scoreless for the first four-and-a-half minutes of the second half.
In the fourth quarter, there were eight lead changes and six ties.
With five minutes remaining in the game, Trey Davis fouled out and Marceline was forced to continue with just six players. Davis had been flying around defensively all evening, and Stevens liked his aggression that led to his drawing five fouls.
"He was really active, and he had a ton of steals," Stevens said. "Every loose ball was his. He played until he had nothing left, and sometimes when you play like that, you foul out."
La Plata's Trevor Pipes caught fire in the second half, finishing with 26 points after being held to just four in the first two periods.
Lance Gladbach led the Tigers with 22 points, and Desmond Harrison had nine.
"These kids are competitors, we might not be the most talented team but you always see that we give everything we've got," Stevens said. "We've executed, but some shots haven't been falling. We're trying to work on our basketball."
Marceline added a game in the North Central Missouri College Holiday Hoops event in Trenton on Thursday. The Tigers play Savannah at 4:30. Stevens said the Savages may be the toughest team his side will face this season.