On Jan. 13, the Maclay Marauders boys varsity basketball team played an away game against the Leon Lions. The game started off with the Marauders getting ahead, and ended with them dominating the Lions with a final score of 74-47.

“Coming off the ski trip, we were just trying to get back into running shape,” Coach Eugene Granger said. “We just want to limit turnovers and get good shots every time down.”

In the first quarter, Maclay started with a 13 point lead, until the Lions scored their first few points with some layups and a free throw. To end the first quarter, senior Blaise Wallace got the ball and made an amazing dunk that left the crowd ecstatic. Wallace also landed four three-point shots and four free throws, keeping the Marauders in the lead. Overall, Wallace ended the game with 28 points.

“We came out really strong and wanted to start the game off good,” junior Sawyer Stone said. “I probably could’ve improved my aggressiveness on offense, and I didn’t score as much as I’d like, but we came out with the win.”

Stone ended the game with eight points, two of them being a one handed dunk that left fans and teammates going crazy. Stone also scored a three point shot. On the defensive side, players such as junior Evan Brown and senior Jaquay Randolph held back the Lions with their height, with both of them having many blocks that kept the Lions from scoring.

“We were gonna come and out and kill from the start; we know they can’t hang with us,” junior Colin McAllister said. “We definitely have to improve on our turnovers, but you know that comes with it, but we’ll be ready by the end of the season.”

The Lions had many fouls in the fourth quarter, meaning that Maclay had some bonus free throws. To conclude the game, senior Jim Murrah scored one free throw and sophomore Jalen Crawford scored two. 

The Maclay boys basketball team record is now 10-5. Their next game is against Crossroads Academy on Jan 14.