MADILL — With competition at an all-time high, the field for area boys teams in the Madill Winter Classic was stacked on Thursday in the opening round.

MADILL — With competition at an all-time high, the field for area boys teams in the Madill Winter Classic was stacked on Thursday in the opening round.

Marietta, Dickson, Madill and Sulphur were all in action against teams from Texas and Oklahoma.

Marietta 59 Gunter, TX 47

In their opening round game, the Marietta Indians were willing to give blood, sweat and in the case of Zane Nutter, a dislocated finger.

Despite seeing one of their senior starters forced out of the game in the first half with a gruesome injury following a fall under the basket, the Indians still managed to have three players in double figures in their victory over the Gunter Tigers.

Marietta took an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter, but Gunter cut the advantage to 4-2 at the 6:00 mark of the first.

However, the Indians finished the opening frame with a flurry, leading 16-8 going into the second.

A 12-9 run by Marietta in the second quarter 

gave the Indians a 28-17 lead heading into the locker room.

Both teams came out of the break firing offensively in the third, but it was Marietta still leading 48-32 after three quarters.

Gunter managed to get within nine points at 50-41 in the fourth, but Marietta finished off the game with a 9-6 run to move to 2-1 on the season.

Colton Taylor led the Indians with 20 points in the game followed by Caleb McGehee with 15 points, and Garrett Morgan with 12 points. 

Marietta will play in the winners bracket tonight at 6 p.m. against Sulphur

Sulphur 81 Howe, TX 40

Sulphur was more than ready for its opening game of the season against the Howe Bulldogs from Texas.

An 18-point first quarter set the tone as Sulphur cruised into the semifinals with a comfortable first round victory.

Howe made things interesting before halftime, closing the deficit to five points at 27-22, which was a vast improvement from the opening quarter where Howe managed just five points.

However, following the break Sulphur clamped down on defense and lit up the scoreboard on offense.

A 35-8 run in the third quarter by Sulphur resulted in a 62-30 advantage after three quarters, before a 19-10 fourth quarter finished off the game.

Weston Arms led Sulphur with 18 points in the game, followed by T.J. Todd with 15 points. Cole Johnson and Cole Hammond also finished in double figures with 12 and 11 points respectively. 

Liberty Christian 80 Dickson 51

For the second straight game, the Dickson Comets unfortunately allowed an opponent to eclipse the 70-point mark on Thursday.

The end result was a second consecutive defeat, as the Comets were handed a hard loss against the Liberty Christian Warriors. 

Dickson was outscored 23-13 in the first quarter, before the Warriors went on a 17-11 run in the second quarter.

Both teams put on an offensive show in the third, combining for 42 total points with the Warriors scoring 22 of them.

Dickson was outscored in the fourth quarter 18-7.

Hunter Palesano led the Comets with 16 points in the game, followed by Cason Dollar with 11 points. 

The Comets will be back in action this afternoon at 3 p.m. in the consolation semifinals against Madill, who was defeated 36-35 against Pilot Point late Thursday.