MARIETTA — Sulphur’s Ray Trent hit 9 of 10 from the floor for 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double game to help lead the Bulldogs to a 52-48 overtime Lake Country Conference victory over the Marietta Indians Friday night at the Marietta High School gym.
Sulphur improved to 10-8 overall and 4-2 in LCC play with the win. Marietta, ranked No. 13 in Class 3A, fell to 13-6, 2-3.
The game was knotted at 9-all after the first period, but the Bulldogs had a 19-13 edge in the second frame to take a 28-22 lead at intermission. Sulphur continued to lead through the third period and into the early minutes of the fourth.
But the Indians rallied on their home court to tie the game at 44-all with two minutes remaining in regulation. The teams finished regulation at 46-all.
In the overtime period, Trent hit a shot jumper in the land to put Sulphur up 48-46.
Marietta got what would be its final points of the game when Colton Perry knocked down a 10-footer in the lane to tie the game at 48-all two minutes into the extra frame.
The Bulldogs got four key free throws late in the overtime that made the difference.
Dawson Muck hit 2 of 2 with 30 seconds left to put Sulphur up for good at 50-48.
Marietta ran the clock down to 12 seconds before calling a timeout to set up a play. The ball went to Chris Campos, who missed a long 3-pointer with five seconds remaining. Sulphur’s Nick Magruder got the rebound and was fouled.
Magruder knocked down both his tosses from the line to make it a two-possession game with three seconds left.
“This was a huge win for us, especially with it being on the road,” Sulphur coach Chase Todd said. “We lost a tough one to Lone Grove earlier in the week, and we needed to bounce back with a good showing. Tonight the players showed a lot of mental toughness. Marietta is a very good team, and we found a way to win. Hopefully we can get on a roll now and finish our district play strong.”
The Bulldogs hit 20 of 41 (49 percent) from the floor to just 36 percent (18 of 50) for the Indians. At the line, Marietta was 8 of 10 (80 percent) to Sulphur’s 64 percent (9 of 14). But the final four made by the Bulldogs gave them the win.
“We missed a lot of shots early in the game that we could have used, and that’s the way it is sometimes,” Marietta coach Jared Messer said.
Muck had 11 points for the Bulldogs.
Zac Neely finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double game to lead the Marietta attack.
Colton Perry chipped in 12 points.
Sulphur 52: Ray Trent 21, Dawson Muck 11, Houston Haines 8, Nick Magruder 6, Chase Dilbeck 6.
Marietta 48: Zac Neely 20, Colton Perry 12, Trey Mayes 7, Chris Campos 5, Bolton Fortune 4.
Sulphur 3 (Dilbeck 2, Muck), Marietta 4 (Perry 2, Campos, Mayes)
Sulphur 9-14, Marietta 8-10