Pryor Pirates pillage Destin Marlins for win

Tina Harbuck

They were outmanned and outsized, but they gave it their all as the Destin Marlins lost on the road Thursday night to the Pryor Pirates 50-12 in boys middle school basketball.

“It’s a tough matchup for us with everyone here, but the situation we put some of our eighth grade kids in a tough situation for those guys,” said Destin Coach Brian McDaniel.

Eighth grade players were missing from Thursday’s game due to a formal dance at the school.

“So we were a bit short handed tonight, but I thought a couple of our kids, Mason Brundidge stepped up and played his heart out and Nathan Payne did a little boxing out for us,” McDaniel said.

“They all played hard, it’s just a little frustrating. But I thougt they played as hard in the last minute as they did in the first minute,” McDaniel said.

Pryor didn’t waste any time applying the pressure and getting on the board. They reeled off nine consecutive points in the first minute-and-a-half cashing in steals for layups. C.J. Matthews put up two baskets and a free throw, while Javarius Young and Ethan Lee each scored one.

Destin was having a hard time with the press but finally got the ball across half court. Christian Ford scored for the Marlins at the 5:12 mark.

Pryor wrapped up the first period with four more baskets for a 17-2 advantage.

In the second quqarter, the Pirates continued to pilage the Marlins making steals for baskets. Pryor outscored Destin 13-3. Scoring Destin’s three were Will Rutland with two from the foul line and Ian Bilger picked up the other. Pryor led 30-5 at the half.

The Pirates didn’t let up in the third. Young hit a couple of baskets and a 3-pointer, while Jimmy Hart scored five points and Matthews four. Destin’s Ford scored two buckets for the Marlins, but they trailed 48-9 at the buzzer.

With a running clock on the game, Destin managed to make three of four shots from the foul line, while Pryor dumped in one basket for a 50-12 victory.

Up next for Destin is a 5 p.m. game Monday at home against the Meigs Wildcats.