The second quarter of Friday night’s District 5-5A game between Ryan and Flower Mound Marcus was a microcosm of the Raiders’ season.
After not scoring for essentially the first quarter, Ryan jumped out in the second quarter and reeled off 10 straight points to build a three-point lead.
But that was the high point for Ryan’s offense in a 34-24 loss to Marcus at Billy Ryan Gym. The Raiders scored 11 points in the quarter, the only quarter Ryan scored more than 10 points.
“We were able to turn them over,” Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet said of his team in the second quarter. “That’s the story of our season. If we can turn our opponent over and get out in transition, we’re pretty effective.”
The ending to the narrative of Ryan’s season has already been set. Ryan (13-15, 0-9 district) will miss the playoffs this year after reaching the Class 4A state tournament in 2012.
Marcus (13-20, 3-6) can somewhat empathize with the Raiders. Marcus is the two-time defending Class 5A state champions. However, this year’s team hardly resembles the squad that rolled through the past two postseasons.
Marcus lost 12 seniors from last year’s state championship roster and its head coach. On Friday night, the Marauders were without starting sophomore point guard Michael Wheeler, who suffered a concussion last week against Flower Mound.
The Marauders were led by nine points each from Michael Mayhew and Jack Holden. Ryan’s was led by senior forward Quincy Jones, who scored four of Ryan’s six points in the fourth quarter. Seniors Nick Jones and Gilbert Jackson each added four points in the loss.
Ryan’s offense was patient all night, like it has been all season, looking for the right opportunity to exploit Marcus’ defense.
Marcus head coach Clay Cody, who is in his first year with the team after spending seven years as the head coach at Waco La Vega, understood the approach Overstreet took Friday night.
“Bryce is doing a really good job this year of giving his team the best possible chance to win,” Cody said. “He slows the game up where it’s possession by possession, free throw by free throw. Everything’s magnified, and he’s giving his kids a chance.”
Ryan’s Nick Jones started the game with a made free throw, a result of a Marauders player touching the rim during pre-game warm-ups while the referees were out on the court.
The Raiders didn’t score again until their 10-0 run in the second quarter. Ryan went into its locker room up by a point, a lead that dissipated in the second half.
Ryan cut the gap to two points in the fourth quarter before Marcus went on a 10-2 run and built a 10-point lead late in the game.
Overstreet, who coached in his second game since returning from a three-game suspension by the University Interscholastic League following an ejection on Jan. 4 against McKinney, remained reserved for virtually the entire game, a trait Marcus’ coaching staff followed as well.
Ryan will close out the season on Tuesday at home against Hebron. Hebron is currently ranked No. 2 in Class 5A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and hadn’t lost a district game coming into Friday night.
Overstreet said his team hasn’t shown a lack of effort during its struggles this season. Against Marcus, Overstreet echoed the same sentiment regarding his team.
“We went out there and competed,” he said. “We played hard, and that’s all I can ask of them.”
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Flower Mound Marcus 34, Ryan 24
Marcus 6 5 10 13 — 34
Ryan 1 11 6 6 — 24
Marcus (13-20, 3-6) — Michael Mayhew 9, Jack Holden 9, Aaron Steele 6, Stephan Robinson 3, Kaden Smith 2, Matthew Pumphrey 2, Alex Albright 2, Sean Campbell 1.
Ryan (13-15, 0-9) — Quincy Jones 5, Nick Jones 4, Gilbert Jackson 4, Allen Grant 2, Trent Willis 3, Xavier Gray 3, Montarius Banks 2.