Marion, AL. (11/5/18) – Making its regular-season home opener under head coach Philip Stitt, the Marion Military Institute men's basketball team saw four players score in double figures as it claimed a 72-66 victory over Enterprise State CC Monday night at the William R. Ireland Athletic Center.
The Tigers improved their record to 2-0, while ESCC saw its record move to 0-3.
How It Happened (First Half):
MMI, which trailed by a 4-0 margin at the start of the game, quickly tied the game with a basket by Nathan Boyd, assisted by Quavon Blackwood. Boyd followed with another two-point basket to give MMI their first lead of the game. Leading 13-7 at the 13:34 mark, the Tigers gave the Boll Weevils ample opportunity to cut into their lead. Marion kept the lead until the 5:26 mark when Enterprise scored on a layup to give them the 21-23 advantage. Ladarius Carter tied the game on MMI's next possession but back-to-back layups by ESCC gave the visitors the momentum needed. They extended the lead to 25-39 until Quavon Blackwood scored two points at the buzzer. ESCC led 27-39 at half time.
How It Happened (Second Half):
Josue Passius scored Marion's first basket of the second half and was followed by a blocked shot from Nathan Boyd to get the Tigers a much needed defensive stop. Marion slowly cut into the Boll Weevil's lead and a Blackwood layup with a little over 10 minutes to play gave the home squad a slim one-point lead, 51-50. Stacy Burse got a steal on the visitor's next possession and two free throws by Blackwood extended the lead to three. Enterprise would not go away even after the Tigers built a nine-point lead with 1:58 on the clock. ESCC cut the lead to 64-60, connecting from the free throw line and behind the 3-point arc. After back-to-back three pointers by the visitors, sophomore Mark Bradwell secured a rebound and was fouled with a chance to put the game away. He connected on one of two from the charity stripe to give Marion a 70-66 lead. Passius added two more free throws to give the Tigers the 72-66 victory.
The Tigers will play at home this Friday at 5:00 p.m. against the University of Mobile JV squad.