Craig Harris/Macon County Times Red Boiling Springs High junior guard Mason Hix scored 11 points in the Bulldogs’ 76-33 victory over Washburn.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Red Boiling Springs High junior guard Mason Hix scored 11 points in the Bulldogs’ 76-33 victory over Washburn.

JAMESTOWN -- The game plan for the Red Boiling Springs High boys basketball team always consists of getting the ball inside to junior center Dalton Marsh.

That was magnified last Thursday evening as the Bulldogs opened play in the Hall's Sgt. York Southeastern Christmas Tournament with a 76-33 rout of Washburn at York Institute.

With the Pirates playing man-to-man defense and playing defense in front of Marsh, but with no back-side help, Marsh scored the game's first six baskets as the Bulldogs raced out to a 13-0 lead.

"If there's not going to be a back-side (defender), throw it every time," Marsh said. "It's a simple lob (entry pass)."

Marsh poured in 14 points in the first quarter and 16 more in the second stanza.

"The one thing about the supporting cast is that they understand the more that Marsh touches the ball, the more they are going to be standing wide open," RBS head coach Michael Owens said. "It just creates opportunities for them to score. It took about three summer camp games two summers ago for them to understand that.

"You have to take advantage of that (not having back-side help) all day long and make them do something different (defensively)."

Marsh finished with 36 points, 11 rebounds, 6 blocked shots and 3 steals.

"I couldn't ask for better guard play," Marsh said. "I'll fuss at them sometimes when I feel they miss my open looks, but I have to look at it from their point of view. It may not seem open to them.

"We have really good balance. Murph (Matthew Murphy), Mason (Hix) ... they all know where to put the ball. Once they get it in to me, it's my job to finish."

Marsh picked up his second foul in the final minute of the opening period, sending him to the bench. However, Marsh reentered the game to start the second stanza and managed to avoid further foul trouble, which has been a problem for him at times this season.

"It's just what ref you get," Marsh said. "It depends on refs, and it's also how I play. I have played games when I get silly ones where I retaliate when you're getting pushed on constantly.

"I have to play it smart. You can only control what you do."

Hix converted a putback in the final minute of the first half, creating a 41-20 margin.

Hix scored 9 points in the first half. Besides Hix and Marsh, the only other Bulldog points in the first half came on a layin from senior point guard Hunter Kirk.

Murphy scored all seven of his points in the third quarter, and junior teammate James Sampson made a 3-pointer late in the period.

Kirk scored 7 consecutive points in the fourth quarter, followed by classmate Kendall Thompson's 5-footer. That extended the lead to 44 points (72-28).

"That's what you want to do in a game like that, do what we do ... play defense and rebound," Owens said. "We came out ready to play.

"Our mentality was to come out and take care of business."

Both Kirk and Hix scored 11 points, and Kendall Thompson and Murphy had 6 and 5 assists, respectively.

Junior teammate Dalton Thompson finished with 9 rebounds and 4 assists.

Senior Austin Coffman led the Pirates offensively with 9 points.

RBS fell into the consolation game due to a 73-48 loss to York Institute.

The Bulldogs led 16-12 after one period of play but trailed 36-32 at halftime and then 54-28 entering the final period.

Marsh finished with 23 points and 7 rebounds, and Kirk scored 13.

Teammate Omarion Williams and Hix contributed 6 and 5 points, respectively, and Jordan Bohanan made one free throw.

Hix, Kirk and Dalton Thompson all had 5 assists.

Roger Meadows and Nicholas Smith scored 14 points each to lead the Dragons, and teammates Noah Smith and Landrick Leffew provided 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Then, the Bulldogs suffered a 59-56 loss to defending Class A state champion Loretto in Saturday evening's consolation game.

Behind eight first-quarter points from Murphy, RBS (15-3) stormed out to a 20-6 lead.

However, Hix's 3-pointer accounted for his squad's only points in the second stanza, resulting in a 26-23 deficit at halftime.

The Bulldogs trailed 44-38 entering the fourth quarter.

Junior guard Amari Young made four consecutive free throws in the final minute to help the Mustangs hold on.

RBS missed a 3-pointer that would have forced overtime in the final seconds.

Hix and Murphy combined for nine 3-pointers, with Murphy scoring 17 points and Hix providing 16.

Marsh scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, and he also had six rebounds, six blocked shots and three assists.

Kirk had 7 points, and Dalton Thompson scored one point and also had team-highs of 9 rebounds and 4 assists.

Hix and Marsh were named to the all-tournament team.

Junior guard Blade Tidwell and senior center Jacob James led Loretto offensively with 17 points each.

The Bulldogs resume district play with a contest at Trousdale County on Friday evening.

Red Boiling Springs boys 76, Washburn 33

RBS (76) – Dalton Marsh 36, Mason Hix 11, Hunter Kirk 11, Matthew Murphy 7, Kendall Thompson 4, James Sampson 3, Justin Bohanan 2, Dalton Thompson 2.

WASHBURN (33) – Austin Coffman 9, Rance Shipe 6, Noah Waller 5, Blake Cotter 4, Skylar Hurst 4, Colton Nicely 3, Cody Coffey 2.

Half: 41-20, RBS. Three-point goals: Washburn 3 (Shipe 2, Waller 1), RBS 4 (Hix 1, Kirk 1, Murphy 1, Sampson 1). Records: RBS 15-1, Washburn 3-10.