Wesson falls to West Marion in OT

Published 11:00 am Friday, February 26, 2016

Daily Leader / Tracy Fischer / Wesson's Anthony Jones (0) is double teamed by West Marion's Adrian Miller (1) and Anthonee Mark (2) while driving to the basket Thursday night in boys' Class 3A state playoff action.

Daily Leader / Tracy Fischer / Wesson’s Anthony Jones (0) is double teamed by West Marion’s Adrian Miller (1) and Anthonee Mark (2) while driving to the basket Thursday night in boys’ Class 3A state playoff action.

FOXWORTH – The Wesson Cobras suffered a heartbreaking, season-ending loss in overtime Thursday night, falling to the West Marion Trojans 85-77 in the opening round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

The Cobras concluded the season with a 16-14 record overall and 4-7 in Region 7-3A.

West Marion 85, Wesson 77 

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The Cobras started off strong early, grabbing a 33-29 lead over the Trojans at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Cobras put together a 22-19 run to extend the lead to 55-48.

The Trojans rallied back with a strong offensive push to take the lead in the final seconds of the game, but Wesson answered with a free-throw and a layup to force overtime.

In overtime, the Cobras got off to a rough start due to foul trouble, and the Trojans claimed a nine-point from the free-throw line. Wesson tried to get its offense going with a late run, but the Trojans held on for the win.

“This was a tough loss and I hate we had to end the season this way,” said Wesson coach Rusty Newman. “I thought we played well offensively most of the night, but late in the game we gave them too many second-chance opportunities. We also did not manage our possessions wisely and West Marion took advantage of that. At the end of the day, I am proud of my guys for a hard-fought season.”

Wesson senior forward Anthony Jones led the team in scoring with a double-double performance of 25 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and two assists. Eric Rhymes chipped in 18 points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist. Randy Hooker contributed 15 points and had three rebounds. Shemar Dickerson scored eight points, three rebounds and one steal. Malik Clay finished with six points and five rebounds.

Anthonee Mark pumped in a game-high of 34 points, 12 rebounds, two blocked shots and one steal to lead the Trojans. Adrian Miller provided 23 points, seven rebounds and two steals.

West Marion will move on the second round of the playoffs and face the Crystal Springs Tigers Saturday night.