Prep Boys Basketball

Marion County wins with two players left on court

Posted: Jan. 23, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Jan. 24, 2018 2:06 am

ATLANTA, Mo. -- The Marion County boys basketball team was down to just two players when it defeated Atlanta 51-50 Tuesday night.

Yes, two players.

Marion County (4-11) entered the game with just six players. Four players fouled out in the game's final three minutes, and Marion County was down to two players --Ty Bowdish and Alex Huffman -- with the game tied at 48 with 40 seconds remaining.

Bowdish made two free throws with 15 seconds, and Brynn Baker made two free throws on Atlanta's next possession to tie the score. Marion County turned the ball over, then committed a foul with five seconds remaining. However, both Atlanta free throws were no good.

Bowdish grabbed the defensive rebound and, despite being quadruple-teamed, dribbled the length of the floor. He was fouled with 1.4 seconds remaining. He missed the first free throw but made the second.

The Hornets (2-12) then missed a half-court heave at the buzzer.

Bowdish, who had four fouls, scored the Mustangs' final 15 points and finished with 28.

"Been playing, watching, coaching basketball at a lot of different levels. I've never seen anything like I did tonight," Marion County coach Justin Ellison said on his Twitter account after the game. "I'm proud of the way we battled."

Marion County's Carson Bock fouled out with three minutes left to play, leaving the Mustangs with just five players and a 46-40 lead. Sheldon Whetstone fouled out with 2:45 left in regulation, and Brennan Nick fouled out with a little more than two minutes to play.

With just three players left, Ellison said he invented the "triangle defense." Marion County had one player at the top of the key while the other two sat on the blocks. However, Ellison had to make another adjustment when Landen Holt became the fourth Marion County player to foul out.

Baker scored all 17 of his points in the second half.


Marion County 51, Atlanta 50


Huffman 0 2-2 2, Bock 3 1-2 7, Holt 0 1-2 1, Bowdish 7 11-16 28, Nick 1 0-1 2, Whetstone 4 3-3 11. Totals 15 18-26 51.

ATLANTA (2-12)

E. Baker 0 0-2 0, Thurman 1 0-0 2, Thompson 3 0-0 6, B. Baker 7 2-4 17, Waddle 3 0-2 7, Teter 1 0-0 3, C. Rhodes 0 0-0 0, D. Rhodes 2 3-6 7, Young 1 2-4 4, Cuppy 1 2-4 4, Totals 20 9-20 52.

Marion County 5 8 21 17--51

Atlanta 6 9 15 20--50

3-point field goals--Marion County 3 (Bowdish 3), Atlanta 3 (B. Baker, Waddle, Teter), Fouls--Marion County 24, Atlanta 21, Fouled out--Bock, Holt, Nick, Whetstone, B. Baker, Rhodes.