By Aidan Fitzsimon
Marshall High School only suited up seven players on the road against Washington on Monday, but that proved to be plenty for the Phoenix.
Marshall took advantage of several matchup advantages that led to a 67-52 victory over the defending Academic Athletic Association champions.
“We defended hard, rebounded, blocked shots and took care of the ball and got a big game out of Aumon Holliday,” said Marshall head coach Dezebee Miles.
Holliday finished with a game-high 37 points, shooting 14-of-20 from the floor and and 8-of-11 from the free-throw line.
Holliday consistently got the ball on the wing, crossed-over multiple times, lost his defender and then beat most of the help defense that flew at him.
“I did a pretty good job. I don’t know what my average was, but I think I shot pretty well [and] hit my two-point field goals,” Holliday said.
The Eagles (8-10, 2-1) shot 47 percent from the field, but were hampered by 19 turnovers, and Washington’s shooting waned as the game progressed.
The lone bright spot for the Eagles was senior forward Josh Jones, who had 10 of his team-high 14 points in the final 16 minutes.
“I think we played well,” said Washington head coach Jolinko Lassiter. “We could have played a lot better, but you give credit to Marshall. They got after it tonight and they did what they needed to do.”
The Phoenix (6-7, 2-1) also got major contributions from sophomore point guard Mizell Parker, who finished with 11 points and created havoc for the Washington guards, creating numerous opportunities for Holliday and other teammates.
The Phoenix hung with the Eagles through three quarters, leading 18-15 after the first quarter, 29-26 at the half and 46-40 after the third.
In the final frame the Phoenix put the game away, though, outscoring the Eagles 21-12.
“They just seemed to find some extra energy to put the ball in the basket, defend and get the job done,” Miles said.
Aumon Holliday – 37
Mark Alexander – 12
Mizell Parker – 11
Preston Demming – 8
Jason Smith – 6
Josh Jones – 14
Gordon Kwan – 10
Brandon Barnes – 9
Dane Vande Guchte – 9
CJ Avery – 6