The Marceline boys' basketball team was finally able to sneak in a home make-up game on Saturday evening versus Salisbury, but a hot hand from the opposition prevented the Tigers from getting over the hump.
Despite keeping the game within a 12-to-14 point margin throughout the second half, the Tigers never drew any closer than 10 points, and fell 56-41.
Marceline coach Jordan Aulbur had the Tigers' defense in an uncharacteristic man-to-man scheme, but white-hot Salisbury guard Jackson King could not be denied. He finished with 30 points and scored 20 in the second quarter alone. The Tigers carried a 39-17 deficit at halftime before closing the gap in the early minutes of the third quarter.
Desmond Fessler led the Tigers with 12 points, and Carlos Valdez finished with 10.
"We worked hard all the way through tonight, and that's what we have to do," Aulbur said. "We came a little short, and some shots weren't falling early. We were communicating and helping help side on defense, but one guy got us on our heels. Our young guys are finally coming into their own, and we're seeing experience and growth out of those kids. We have to stay confident within ourselves and come to work ready to roll."
The Tigers fall to 4-14, and Salisbury improves to 7-13.
Marceline's game versus Schuyler County scheduled for Monday night was postponed, and potentially cancelled. The Tigers host Knox County on Tuesday.