The Strafford Indians use a 7-0 run in the final two minutes to win Saturday night’s non-conference, I-44 rivalry contest against the Marshfield Blue Jays, 58-52. Before tipoff, Strafford honored their All-Time Scoring Leader in school history, Rex Potter.
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Junior Jacob Wade led the way for the Indians. He recorded a double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomores Kyle Foley and Brady Collier added 12 and 8, respectively.
Wade was proud of his teammates for this big win against one of their biggest rivals.
“Big time rivalry,” Wade said. “We just found a way to deal with the noise of the crowd and come out with a big win.”
Strafford Head Coach Mike Wilson was pleased with the effort his boys played with throughout the entirety of the game.
“We played hard the whole game,” said Wilson. “The one thing we talked about was keeping the pressure on for 32 minutes, we would have a chance to win at the end and we did.”
This back and forth game never saw a lead of more than six points. Down three points after three quarters, Strafford used a 13-4 4th quarter to win the game.
The game was tied with 2:09 to go until Marshfield’s junior forward Blayne Armstong hit a free throw to gain the slim lead, but that would be the last point the Blue Jays would score for the rest of the night. Strafford’s Foley then made a running floater to grab the lead with 1:51 to go and the Indians never looked back from there.
Coach Wilson knew the shots weren’t falling but he still had faith they would find a way to pull this game out.
“Just keep shooting it,” said Wilson. “We missed good shots tonight, eventually they will fall but they just got to have confidence that they will.”
Marshfield’s senior point guard Kendrick Wright led the Blue Jays in scoring with 18. Armstong added 11 and Matthew Clancy chipped in with eight.
The Blue Jays held a lead at the end of each of the first three quarters, but Strafford’s constant pressure led to the Blue jays to turn the ball over and start to run out of gas.
Armstong committed his fourth foul with just under seven minutes to go and immediately was taken out of the ball game.
However the rebound margin was even at the end of the game, Armstong’s foul trouble resulted in the Indians out-rebounding the Blue Jays during the time he was on the bench.
With the loss, Marshfield falls to 4-2 on the young season. The Blue Jays don’t see action until they host Willard on Friday night.
Strafford improves they record to a perfect 6-0. The Indians will travel to Liberty on Thursday.