Dejected MRA Patriots, including Clint Moses (24), Harper Hudnal (22), Kory Stephens (15) and Griffin Agent (5), watch the runner-up trophy presentation after losing to Marshall Academy.
Dejected MRA Patriots, including Clint Moses (24), Harper Hudnal (22), Kory Stephens (15) and Griffin Agent (5), watch the runner-up trophy presentation after losing to Marshall Academy.
CLINTON - The defending-champion MRA Patriots had a five point lead with 90 ticks left on the clock Saturday at A.E. Wood Coliseum, but were left wondering what could have been after an overtime loss to Marshall Academy in the MAIS Overall Tournament Final.

In a battle of champions, it was the Patriots from Marshall Academy, and not MRA, that scrapped their way to a 44-43 win and claimed private-school basketball's most prestigious title.

MRA (30-12) watched it's 32-27 lead cut to 32-30 when Marshall's Malik Riddle drained a 3-point basket with 1:15 left with an assist from Dakota Dailey. Just 31 seconds later, it was Dailey who tied the game on a 13-foot jump-shot.

The Pats still had a chance to win it in regulation, but after Harper Hudnall's 3-point attempt went long and Ben Milam's put-back attempt failed as time expired, the game headed to overtime.

MRA kept it close in the overtime period with three 3-pointers, but coach Craig Dailey's Marshall team scored on seven of it's eight overtime possessions - including an 8-for-12 line on free throws - to seal the win. Hudnall banged home a contested 3-pointer from far beyond the arc as time expired, but it was too little, too late.

Dakota Dailey finished with 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting and three assists. Riddle finished with 10 points.

Marshall Academy (35-5) supporters stormed the court after the upset victory - a devastating loss for an MRA team that still has several accomplishments of which they can be proud: an MAIS AAA North Championship and a AAA State Championship.

Milam finished the game with a team-high 15 points and led all rebounders with nine. Clint Moses scored 12 points and Devin Gilmore chipped in 11 on 5-of-5 shooting from the floor.

MRA defeated Leake Academy 60-24 in the semifinal round to earn the berth in the championship.