Marietta High enjoys another successful alumni tournament

Marietta alumni basketball tournament action continued over the weekend.

After opening up on Friday, graduating classes from Marietta High School dating back to the 1970s resumed play on Saturday.

A pair of evening games at Marietta Middle School provided fans with thrilling finishes.

At 5 p.m., the class of 1997 took on the 2005-2007 “B” team in an elimination game. The contest went back and forth the entire duration. The score was tied at 33-all with a minute-and-a-half left before each team hit a free throw to tie the score at 34-34 with 38 seconds left. With the game on the line, it was the ’97 squad that was able to create contact and draw the fouls, resulting in three free throws down the stretch to take a 3-point lead, 37-34. With seven seconds remaining, ’05-07 got the final possession but missed on a potential game-tying 3-point attempt to keep ’97 alive in the tourney.

The following game, which pitted the class of 1998 against the class of 2001, proved to be just as exciting.

’01 held the advantage for the majority of the game, leading by as much as nine in the second half.

But, facing a 46-40 deficit with four minutes remaining, ’98’s defense tightened up, holding ’01 scoreless the rest of the way. ’98 used a 6-0 run to tie the game at 46-all with just over a minute left before holding the ball for the final possession. ’98 missed a go-ahead jumper with five seconds on the clock, however, Clay Caskin was there to grab the offensive rebound and put it back in with just a second left. Caskin was intentionally fouled on the play, hitting 1-of-2 at the line to ice the game and give ’98 the 49-46 victory. Caskin tallied just five points in the game, but three of those proved to be the most important.

Steven Rose, a former soccer coach at Marietta College, led ’01 with 13 points while teammate Chris Fennell added 10 markers.