Tartans rally to turn back Berkeley Springs

January 18, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

MOUNT AETNA — Highland View Academy needed something to go right to come from behind on  Berkeley Springs on Monday night.

The Tartans’ dreams came true as they rallied from a 46-34 deficit with 2:55 remaining in the third quarter with a 24-5 run over the final 10:45 to pull out a 58-51 win in a boys basketball game.

Senior Marlon Marques scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and finished with eight rebounds for Highland View (5-4).

“It was awesome,” Marques said. “We came from behind. It was a hard game, but we were able to win. We always thought we could come back. We knew we could win. The key to our comeback was playing better defense and when we started to hit our shots. We started attacking the rim in the fourth quarter and drawing fouls.”

The defense down the stretch was the difference for the Tartans.

“We also switched to a zone defense and that helped us,” Marques said. “We really played hard in the fourth quarter.”

Junior Paris Ritter added 13 points and dominated with 20 rebounds, while Ray Fisher chipped in with 14 points for the Tartans.

Highland View scored the final five points in the third quarter to reduce the deficit to 46-39 before fighting to a 49-49 tie with four minutes remaining.

Marques canned a 3-pointer with 3:12 left to give the Tartans the lead, igniting a 9-2 run to close out the game.

“It was a well-fought battle and a good way to lead into the tournament that we will play in Texas,” Highland View coach John Henline said. “I was very happy with the way that our guys kept their chins up and didn’t let the deficit get into their heads. They fought all the way to the end.

“Marlon Marques sparked us by getting a few baskets to get us back into it. He was solid and steady for the whole game. The guys fed off of that to get back into the game. Our freshman point guard Ray Fisher did an exceptional job of leading this team and running the offense.”

Sophomore Zach Wise led Berkeley Springs (6-5) with 16 points, including 12 on four 3-pointers in the first quarter.

JV — Berkeley Springs, 72-47 (BS: Brandon Malone 29, Highland View: Justin Osoro 18).

Highland View Academy 58, Berkeley Springs 51

Wise 6 0-0 16, J. Spielman 2 4-4 9, B. Spielman 1 0-0 2, Appel 3 0-0 6, Kirtley 1 1-2 3, Rickli 1 0-0 2, Athey 0 1-4 1, Michael 1 0-0 3, Tyser 4 0-0 9. Totals 19 6-10 51.
Smith 3 1-1 8, Fisher 4 5-7 14, Avila 1 0-0 2, Osoro 1 0-0 2, Ritter 4 4-8 13, Marques 5 3-4 15, Byrd 1 2-2 4. Totals 19 15-22 58.
Berkeley Springs    18    16    12    5    —    51
Highland View Academy    9    21    9    19    —    58

3-point goals—Berkeley Springs 7 (Wise 4, J. Spielman, Michael, Tyser). Highland View Academy 5 (Smith, Fisher, Ritter, Marques 2).

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