Craig Harris/Macon County Times Red Boiling Springs High senior guard Dylan Gross dribbles along the baseline as Fairview’s Shammah Takop defends.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Red Boiling Springs High senior guard Dylan Gross dribbles along the baseline as Fairview’s Shammah Takop defends.

WESTMORELAND - The Red Boiling Springs High boys basketball team produced just 19 points in the second half on Saturday afternoon, suffering a 52-44 loss to Fairview in its final game of the Westmoreland Classic at Westmoreland High School.

"(Senior guard Matthew) Murphy, there were a couple of shots on the baseline where he got pushed," Bulldog head coach Michael Owens said. "We got hit a little bit, and we didn't make some open looks. We got tight, and we missed a couple of layups … but we have to overcome that."

RBS senior center Dalton Marsh caught a lob on the inbounds pass to start the second half and had a two-handed dunk, giving his squad a 27-21 lead.

Marsh scored his 2,000th career point on a layin less than two minutes, finishing the game with 15 points and 2,002 for his career. He is believed to be the first player in Macon County to have scored 2,000 career points while also grabbing 1,000 rebounds.

However, the Bulldogs produced just 15 points over the final 14-plus minutes.

The Yellowjackets made four 3-pointers in the third quarter, taking the lead when Garrett Wooten tossed in a 3-pointer with 3:57 remaining in the period.

The lead swelled to six points (39-33) when Jacob Neal made a 15-foot jump shot in the final minute of the third quarter.

"They're four or five out (on offense)," Owens said. "They all shoot the three. They're a tough matchup. No. 1 (Locke Hord) and 24 (Bill Eads) are really good players. They're tough to defend."

RBS pulled back to within two points on Omarion Williams' putback 30 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Then, senior teammate Mason Hix made a 3-pointer at the 6:11 mark, creating a three-point margin (43-40). However, the Bulldogs didn't get any closer.

"We gave up too many offensive rebounds," Owens said. "It was probably the difference in the game."

RBS (11-4) managed just four points over the final six minutes.

Marsh picked up four fouls in the third quarter but didn't foul out, though Murphy did foul out with less than two minutes remaining.

"We got a couple of tough calls," Owens said. "You have to overcome that."

Marsh didn't score for the final 12-plus minutes.

"They did a good job on Marsh," Owens said. "With their length, they made it tough to get the ball in the paint."

The lead changed hands four times in the first quarter.

There was one tie and another lead change in the second stanza.

Bulldog senior James Sampson made two 3-pointers in the second period, helping his squad out to a 25-19 lead before a layin from Eads pulled Fairview (8-4) to within four points at halftime.

Marsh was the only RBS player to score in double figures, though Murphy and Williams scored eight points each.

Hix and classmate Dylan Gross were in action for the first time this season last weekend. Hix was sidelined a wrist injury, while Gross became eligible academically at the conclusion of the first semester of school.

The Bulldogs had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Eads and Wooten scored 14 points each, and Hord provided 13 points.

The Yellowjackets have won six games in a row.

· The Bulldogs rolled to a 69-35 victory over Westmoreland in its first game of the classic on Friday afternoon.

The two teams met in a Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association (TSSAA) Hall of Champions game in Red Boiling Springs on Nov. 19, with the Bulldogs capturing a 60-38 victory.

In the rematch, Marsh and Williams combined for all of their squad's points in the first quarter as RBS took an 11-point lead into the second stanza.

Williams added nine more points in the second stanza as the margin swelled to 34 points (47-13) by halftime.

The Bulldogs took a 59-27 lead into the final period.

Williams finished with a career-high 25 points and five rebounds, and Marsh provided 22 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots.

The rest of the RBS scoring is as follows: Hix 7 points, Gross 5, Murphy 3, Sampson 3, Cody Mea 2, Devon Lester 1 and Walker Reynolds 1.

Gross also had nine assists, and Sampson provided five assists.

Senior point guard Dawson Mitchell led the Eagles offensively with 14 points, 10 of which came in the first half.

Fairview 52, Red Boiling Springs 44

RBS (44) – Dalton Marsh 15, Matthew Murphy 8, Omarion Williams 8, James Sampson 6, Mason Hix 5, Dylan Gross 2.

FAIRVIEW (52) – Bill Eads 14, Garrett Wooten 14, Locke Hord 13, Kennedy Pendergrass 13, Jacob Neal 4, Ryan Stannard 2.

Half: 25-21, RBS. Three-point goals: RBS 3 (Sampson 2, Hix 1), Fairview 6 (Hord 2, Wooten 2, Pendergrass 1, Stannard 1). Records: RBS 11-4, Fairview 8-4.