Cassopolis slips by Marcellus in overtime

Published 1:05 pm Thursday, March 3, 2005

By Staff
WHITE PIGEON - The Cassopolis Rangers rallied from a 10-point third quarter deficit to defeat Marcellus 64-59 in overtime Tuesday night.
Marcellus opened up an 11-7 lead after one quarter of play which it stretched to 24-16 by halftime.
The Wildcats (13-8) enjoyed a 10-point advantage in the third quarter against the Rangers before Cassopolis mounted its comeback.
Trailing 30-20, Cassopolis went on a 7-0 run led by Neal Bullocks.
The Rangers grabbed the lead and led by four points in the fourth quarter before the two teams settled for a 48-all tie at the end of regulation.
The Rangers (11-9) took a 58-56 lead with just over a minute remaining on a three-pointer by Kevin Luckey, who returned after serving a week-long suspension.
Marcellus was unable to catch the Rangers after that point.
Luckey scored 22 points to lead the Rangers, who also got 15 points from Will Loux, 14 points from Bullocks and nine points from Dan Stanage.
Marcellus was led by Ricky Plotts' game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds. Plotts had seven three-pointers for the Wildcats.
Marcellus also got 13 points from Trent Booth and 11 rebounds and nine points from Jake Hill.
Cassopolis advances to Thursday's semifinals against Colon. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. The winner advances to Saturday's championship contest.
Neal Bullocks 4 6-10 14, Will Loux 5 5-5 15, Dan Stanage 4 0-4 9, Ashton Danzy 1 0-5 2, Derron Thomas 1 0-0 2, Kevin Luckey 7 5-6 22, Rodney Lewis 0 0-0 0, Paul Curtis 0 0-0 0, Renard MacNeal 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 16-30 64
Ricky Plotts 9 3-4 28, Jake Hill 4 1-1 9, Dustin Stevens 1 0-0 2, Sam Bridges 1 1-2 4, Trent Booth 4 2-3 13, Matt Haag 0 0-0 0, Andy Ringle 0 0-1 0, Adam Shreve 1 1-4 3, Garrett Smeltzer 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 8-15 59
Cassopolis 7 16 29 48 64
Marcellus 11 24 32 48 59
Three-point baskets: Cassopolis 4 (Luckey 3, Stanage 1), Marcellus 11 (Plotts 7, Booth 3, Bridges 1). Total fouls: Cassopolis 14, Marcellus 21. Fouled out: Stevens (M), Bridges (M). Varsity records: Cassopolis 11-9, Marcellus 13-8.
DOWAGIAC - The Coloma Comets didn't over look Dowagiac this time around.
In last year's Class B District Basketball Tournament opening round game between the Comets and the Chieftains, Dowagiac came away with a huge upset victory over the Lakeland Conference and defending district champions.
On Tuesday night before a sparse crowd due to poor weather conditions, the Comets came out smoking and pulled away to a 67-44 victory over the host Chieftains.
Coloma advances to Thursday night's semifinal contest against Berrien Springs, a squad it split a pair of regular season games with.
Dowagiac (2-19) played with the Comets for a quarter and a half before the Comets took control
Coloma (14-7) outscored Dowagiac 15-5 in the second quarter to open up a 30-19 halftime and then stretched it into a 51-31 advantage after three quarters.
Coloma outscored Dowagiac 21-12 in the third quarter to seal the victory.
Both teams got off to a good start with the Comets clinging to a 15-14 lead after one period of play.
Coloma outscored Dowagiac 16-13 in the final period to post the 33-point victory.
Sebastian Lewis came up big for the Comets, scoring a game-high 24 points. Coloma also got 12 points from Tyler Lavanaway. No Chieftain player reached double figures in the contest. Dowagiac was led by Chris Primley's nine points and four rebounds.
Jamie Simpson added seven points, while David Stuppy finished with six points and a team-high five rebounds.