The weather-delayed Marshall County Tournament for junior high and middle school basketball teams got underway Monday at DAR with numerous mismatches, but with one notable exception.
The Arab seventh grade boys team defeated Boaz 44-37 in overtime in what everyone called the best game of the opening day.
Other games weren’t so compelling. The DAR Middle seventh grade girls defeated Guntersville to advance to Thursday’s semifinals, where it will play top-seeded Albertville at 4 p.m.
The Arab seventh grade girls will play in the other semifinal against Boaz at 4 p.m. on Friday.
In other seventh grade boys action Monday, Douglas defeated a depleted Brindlee Mountain squad 70-12. Joey Goostree and Bryant Hayes scored the Lions’ points.
Douglas advances to play Arab at 5 p.m. Thursday.
In the other two seventh grade boys quarterfinals, Albertville defeated DAR Middle and Guntersville beat Asbury. Guntersville and Albertville will meet in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Friday.
The rest of the first-round games were played Tuesday or will be played today. Arab’s eighth grade boys play in one of the games today, against Albertville at 7 p.m.
• 7th GRADE BOYS
Arab 44, Boaz 37 (OT)
While the first half belonged to Arab, the Pirates connected on four 3-pointers in the second half to climb back into the game.
“We missed an opportunity to put the game away in the fourth quarter by missing free throws,” said Arab coach Jason Guger.
The Pirates then cashed in with a shot at the buzzer to put the game into overtime.
“It was a little tear drop that hit the front of the rim and rolled in,” Guger said.
But in the overtime, the Knights broke out the blue collars and outscored Boaz 7-0.
“They had all the momentum going into the overtime, so I was real proud of the effort our guys put in at that point,” Guger said. “That was awesome.”
Evan Brazelton led the Knights with 12 points. Landon Strickland and Logan Alldredge had seven points each and Noah Mann had five.
Kolby Hardin and Drew Puccio had four points each, with all of Puccio’s points coming in overtime.
The Knights face Douglas at 5 p.m. Thursday.
• George Stone contributed to this report.