Craig Harris/Macon County Times Red Boiling Springs senior guard Matthew Murphy scored 12 points in the Bulldogs’ 77-74 victory over Cloudland.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Red Boiling Springs senior guard Matthew Murphy scored 12 points in the Bulldogs’ 77-74 victory over Cloudland.

JAMESTOWN -- The Red Boiling Springs High boys basketball team opened play in the Hall's Sgt. York Southeastern Christmas Invitational with Thursday evening's 77-74 victory over Cloudland at York Institute.

The Highlanders made eight 3-pointers in the first half.

RBS senior center Dalton Marsh and junior forward Omarion Williams combined for 15 points in the first quarter, but Cloudland led 20-17 entering the second period.

Then, Marsh and classmate Matthew Murphy combined for 16 second-quarter points, but a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the half gave the Highlanders a 42-41 advantage at halftime.

The Bulldogs surged in front in the third quarter, taking a 58-55 lead into the final period.

Then, Marsh scored nine more points over the final eight minutes, and Williams produced nine points in the fourth quarter, making 4 of 5 free throws.

RBS converted on 16 of 22 free-throw attempts, sinking 7 of 10 in the final period.

Highlander senior Hunter Shell made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Shell led five Cloudland players who scored in double figures with 17 points.

The Highlanders made 13 3-pointers.

However, Cloudland shot just two free throws.

Marsh finished with a game-high 31 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots.

Williams scored a career-high 24 points, and Murphy provided 12 points. Senior teammates Mason Hix and James Sampson scored five points each, and classmate Dylan Gross provided nine assists.

The Bulldogs suffered a 70-57 loss to York Institute in a semifinal contest played on Friday evening.

The game was tied at 14 after one period of play as Marsh scored nine points in the first quarter.

However, the Dragons erupted for 28 points in the second stanza, making five 3-pointers. York Institute's Noah Smith scored 11 of his 19 points in the period as the host squad took a 42-26 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Marsh scored 20 points in the second half, 11 of which came in the third quarter, as RBS trimmed the lead to 12 points (56-44) entering the final period.

However, York Institute made all 10 of its free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter, with Roger Meadows sinking six of those.

Meadows finished with a team-high 21 points.

The Dragons made nine 3-pointers and 18 of 21 free-throw attempts.

Marsh provided 30 points and 14 rebounds, and Williams finished with 14 points and seven assists.

Sampson scored seven points, and both Hix and Murphy contributed three points.

The Bulldogs were 13 of 16 at the charity stripe.