MARIETTA — Earlier this season, the Marietta Indians found themselves in the finals of the Madill Winter Classic, where they lost against a team from Texas in Liberty Christian.

MARIETTA — Earlier this season, the Marietta Indians found themselves in the finals of the Madill Winter Classic, where they lost against a team from Texas in Liberty Christian.

Saturday night, the Indians got their redemption in more ways than one.

Thanks to a solid performance from tournament MVP Coleton Taylor, the Indians were able to silence the Wolfe City (TX) Wolves, and earn the championship at the Ronnie Moore Invitational tournament at Marietta High School. 

“It is really special, this is the first year we have had this tournament, so its special to be the first champions,” Marietta coach Jared Messer said. 

“Hopefully it’s a tournament that carries on for years to come and hopefully these boys can say they were the first champions. It is never easy to win three games in a row in a tournament format so its nice to win the championship, especially at home.”

In the first quarter, the Indians started off hot thanks to three three’s from Garrett Morgan to take an early lead. 

Unfortunately the Indians had no answers for the Wolves Blake Threndyle, who scored 14 of his team high 21 points in the quarter, including sinking four three’s, and ignited a late run to take a 22-20 lead into the second.

Both teams traded blows in the second quarter, with each team answering each others runs. 

With his team trailing late in the second, tournament MVP Coleton Taylor led his team with seven points to pull even at half time.

After playing a tight first half contest, the tides turned late in third. 

With the score 45-41, Taylor was able to drain six consecutive free throws to put his team up 51-41.

The six free throws were a result of a double technical foul on Wolves head coach Stephen Blassingame and one of his players. 

With the momentum in their favor, the Indians took a 55-44 lead into the fourth. 

Taylor finished with 17 of his game high 28 points in the fourth quarter.

Not going down without a fight, the Wolves clawed their way back into the game with an early 5-0 run. With the game in reach stout defense and clutch free throw shooting ultimately sealed the championship victory for the Indians.