Written by Corbett Smith
Star's buzzer-beating 3 gives Marcus boys 61-58 win over Hebron and 5-5A lead
Marcus star struggles with foul trouble, but his final shot delivers
FLOWER MOUND — There were conflicting explanations regarding Flower Mound Marcus’ final play Friday against Hebron.
Xavier Adams, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, said the plan was to draw defenders off a high ball screen near the 3-point line and to look for guard Jack Holden.
Holden and Marcus coach Clay Cody chuckled at that interpretation.
“I knew Xavier wasn’t passing the ball,” Cody said. “We just wanted to get him into space, and let’s win it.”
Adams hit a 3-pointer as time expired, giving Marcus a 61-58 win and sole control of first place in loaded District 5-5A.
Hebron (16-7, 2-1) never led, but Justin Montgomery found a wide-open Conner McClenaghan for a layup to tie the score with 22 seconds remaining.
No. 7 Marcus (19-2, 3-0) held for the final shot, with Adams — a New Mexico signee — holding the ball near halfcourt until waved into action by Cody in the final five seconds.
When the defenders sagged off the screen, Adams said, he decided to shoot.
“Overtime or the win,” he said.
Adams came into the game averaging nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds but managed only half his normal production. He was saddled with foul trouble that kept him on the bench for large periods of the game.
His teammates, notably Holden and fellow guard Michael Mayhew, picked up the slack.
Holden scored 10 of his 17 points in the second quarter, with Adams on the bench for the whole period. Mayhew scored a game-high 24 points, hitting three second-half 3s, including a shot in the final 90 seconds set up by an offensive rebound by Adams.
“There are a lot of people on the court. It ain’t just one person,” Holden said. “We had to step up, and we did.”
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