For Pete's Sake

Missouri high school basketball team wins despite finishing game with two players

Even Norman Dale would say this is crazy.

Dale was the basketball coach (played by Gene Hackman) in the movie “Hoosiers” who uttered the oft-repeated quote, “My team is on the floor” when Hickory finished a game with four players.

Marion County High School, which is located in Philadelphia, Mo., about a half-hour northwest of Hannibal, has that beat by a country mile. The Mustangs finished their 51-50 win last week at Atlanta High School with just two players on the court.

The Mustangs started the game with only six players and four fouled out in the final three minutes of the contest. The score was 48-48 and the Mustangs had just two players in the game with 40 seconds to play, according to the Quincy Herald-Whig, and both teams made a pair of free throws.

Marion County managed to inbound the ball with 5 seconds to play and Ty Bowdish drove to the basket with four players defending him. Bowdish drew a foul, made one of the two tries and won the game.

According to the Herald-Whig, Bowdish finished with four fouls and scored his team’s final 15 points.

‘Been playing, watching, coaching basketball at a lot of different levels. I’ve never seen anything like I did tonight,” Marion County coach Justin Ellison said on his Twitter account, per Max Preps. “I’m proud of the way we battled.”

Ellison told the Herald-Whig that when the Mustangs were down to three players, he went to a “triangle defense” with one player at the top of the key and two others on the baseline.

Here is how the game went down from Max Preps.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff