When the Riley County boys’ basketball team got a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter of its sub-state game at Marysville, it seemed as if the Falcons had a chance to keep their season going.
But the Marysville Bulldogs had other ideas.
Marysville (10-11, 3-7 NCKL) knocked down three 3s of its own in the opening quarter, and kept it going throughout the game, finishing with nine 3s to beat the Falcons 69-57 and advance to play the winner of top-seeded Silver Lake and St. Marys on Friday.
The Falcons (5-15, 3-6 Mid-East), meanwhile, cooled off from long range, making one in the second quarter and a pair from Kurt Doyen in the fourth quarter.
Riley County took an early lead, but by the end of the first quarter, trailed 16-11. By halftime, the deficit had grown to nine points, with the Falcons heading to the locker room down 34-25.
In the third quarter, the Falcons cut the lead to five early, but a 13-2 run by Marysville gave the Bulldogs a 58-37 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Riley County did its best to extend the game with fouls at the end, and cut the deficit to single digits, but Marysville knocked down enough free throws — 11 of 19 — in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Riley County was led by Bryce Chavis’ 12 points, while Bret Shoemaker added 10 and Trace Nelson chipped in nine.
Marysville got 22 points from Garrett Kort while Brandon Griffee added 14 points. Both Bulldog shooters had three 3s apiece. Brock Watts was also in double figures with 10 points.
The game was a rematch of a regular-season matchup from earlier in the season. On Jan. 29, Marysville traveled to Riley County for a non-league game against the Falcons, winning 57-44.