In front of a packed house at Maclay School, the home-standing Marauder boys basketball team defeated city rival Chiles, 48-35, Friday night.
With district tournament play looming next week, both teams used the non-district match-up to fine-tune their play heading into the games that matter most.
The teams were rarely separated by more than a few points throughout the game until Maclay opened the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run. Junior Walter Moore scored seven of his 11 points in the final quarter, including two 3-pointers.
Maclay junior J.T. Escobar finished with a game-high 13 points, and senior Clay Meenan chipped in eight points and six rebounds.
Multisport athlete Edgar Moore added six points and 12 rebounds for the Marauders (17-8), who are off until District 1-3A tournament play begins next week.
“Chiles is a very well-coached team, and it was a very even match-up,” Maclay coach Mike McGrotha said.
“Our effort in the first half was outstanding, I told the kids that when we get too excited that we don’t play as well as we should, so I told them to keep their composure and block out the distractions of senior night.”
The Marauders used senior night to exact revenge from a loss to Chiles in their first meeting early in the season.
“I told them to really just focus on the little things, especially defensive rebounding, limiting those extra possessions,” McGrotha said. “I think that was the difference for us tonight.”
Chiles (16-7) was led by sophomore Austin Greene and senior Mike Dunn, each scoring nine points.