After falling to the Macon Tigers in the opening round of its own tournament, sixth-seeded Marceline notched a pair of victories on Friday and Saturday to claim the consolation title.
On Friday night, the Tigers came out red-hot against South Shelby, scoring the first 19 points of the game. South Shelby did not score until a pair of free-throws with 1:50 remaining in the first quarter, and from that point onward, the quarter was scoreless. With a 37-14 lead at the halftime break, the Tigers had all but ensured their third win of the season.
In that first half of the losers' bracket semifinals, Desmond Harrison was the man of the hour, scoring 14 of his 22 points in the first quarter as the Tigers ran away with the game. Levi Terrell finished with 14 for the game.
"We came out with fire," Harrison said. "All day, we talked about playing a good first half, because that's where we struggle and we want to better that. We knew that they could match up with us, but we knew we could play our style of basketball and run on them."
The Tigers went on to win the ballgame 58-39, and defeated Glasgow 56-44 the following evening to finish the tournament 2-1.
Marceline advances to 4-6 on the season with the pair of victories.
Tiger coach Paul Stevens said that he was pleased with the way his team came off of its holiday break.
"You come out and outscore a team 19-0, you're probably going to get a W," Stevens said. "We forced a lot of turnovers and we've been running the floor well. We've challenged these kids to be more aggressive to get high-percentage looks, but that's something we've got to continue to work on. The game's never over, because the third quarter is one of our worst and other teams understand we only have eight players. We never let off the gas this weekend."