A wild fourth quarter of play changed what looked to be a blowout turned into an instant classic on Saturday afternoon on Madison road.......
|Thurgood Marshall's Joe Thomasson, Mark Alstork,|
Joe Ballard, and Edmond "Junior" Early
Dayton Thurgood Marshall 58 Withrow 49: One of Dayton’s premier teams made the trip down to Cincinnati to play a talented Withrow squad. The Tiger’s struggled all first half as they were plagued with turnovers and sloppy play. Thurgood Marshalls top player senior wing Joe Thomasson took advantage of Withrow’s mistakes in the first half scoring 18 of his teams 36 points helping them to a 15 point halftime lead. At the start of the 4th quarter the Cougars lead stood at 46-32 and it seemed as if they would win with ease but the Tigers would claw back and make this one interesting. Withrow dominated the first five minutes of the final quarter, using a total team effort while putting together a furious 15-2 run and a score plus the foul by Withrow junior power forward Devin Williams put the score at 48-47 with 3:22 left. Numerous missed opportunities by Withrow and good free throw shooting from Thurgood to end the game proved to be the difference in this one as the Cougars managed to get the hard fought road victory. The Tigers were lead by Devin Williams 15 points and 8 rebounds while senior guard Damon Gooch finished with 14. Leading the Cougars was senior guard Joe Thomasson, finishing with a game high 23 points. Junior guards Mark Alstork and Edmond “Junior” Early also scored in double figures for Thurgood as they scored 12 and 11 respectively. CPHR was also impressed with the defensive efforts of Tim Coleman, Tyler Jordan, and Kendall Beamon who made critical plays for Withrow down the stretch as the Tigers got back in the game.
· Story by CPHR’s Daniel Watkins