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Murphysboro American - Murphysboro, IL
  • Red Devils fall at Massac County, 47-37

  • It doesn't matter how good your defense is, you've got to make shots to win a basketball game.Murphysboro went into last Friday night's game at Massac County shooting just a hair over 40 percent from the field through its first eight games.That percentage will drop a little more after the Red Devils were just 14-for-3...
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  • It doesn't matter how good your defense is, you've got to make shots to win a basketball game.
    Murphysboro went into last Friday night's game at Massac County shooting just a hair over 40 percent from the field through its first eight games.
    That percentage will drop a little more after the Red Devils were just 14-for-39 in a 47-37 loss to the Patriots.
    "We had some good looks,'' Murphysboro coach Daryl Murphy said. "We did a good job running our offense. We just didn't make shots.
    "I think we're getting crisper and sharper with our sets. You can get a guy open from 15 feet, but he's got to make it."
    Massac County was a little bit better from the field, going 17-for-37 (46 percent). Still, the Patriots still couldn't crack the 50-point mark.
    "Defensively, I feel like we are getting pretty good, and we're rebounding pretty good for being undersized,'' Murphy said. "We were happy with our effort on the defensive end."
    Massac County used an early 6-0 run to grab a 6-2 advantage. The Patriots extended that lead to 13-8 by the end of the first quarter.
    Massac County upped its advantage to 16-8 early in the second quarter, then both teams went cold and no one scored for a few minutes.
    Murphysboro's Anthony Hibbler broke the drought with a 3-pointer to pull Murphysboro to within five at 16-11.
    Kevin Gude followed with a steal and layup to make it 16-13, but the Patriots closed the first half with a 5-1 spurt to go into halftime with a 21-14 advantage.
    The two teams traded baskets to start the second half before Massac County began to pull away, using a 10-3 run to grab a 33-18 lead midway through the third quarter.
    The Patriots led by as many as points over the final few minutes of the third period before settling for a 38-22 lead heading into the final eight minutes of action.
    Murphysboro made it interesting in the fourth quarter, getting the deficit down to nine points at one point.
    The Red Devils (4-5, 1-2 SIRR Ohio Division) trailed 40-24 before Gude hit a free throw and Wilson followed with a basket. Jacob Baird then scored to make it 40-29.
    Gude struck again a few moments later to pull the Red Devils to within nine at 40-31.
    But that would be as close as the Red Devils would get, as Massac County scored the next five points to go up 45-31 with under two minutes remaining in the contest.
    Ethan Schulte led Massac County with a game high 15 points. Hibbler paced Murphysboro with 12 points.

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