MANSFIELD — Marchie Murdock calmly sunk a pair of free throws in the final seconds to give Mansfield Legacy a 40-38 comeback victory over District 15-4A foe and crosstown rival Mansfield Summit in front of a raucous home crowd Tuesday night.
"The crowd was going crazy, especially the Summit crowd, which was right beside me," Murdock said. "So I just tried to clear my mind and focus on the rim like I normally do and just go through my steps."
Murdock's free throws gave Legacy (17-8, 5-1 15-4A) its first lead of the night and moved the Broncos into a tie atop 15-4A with Arlington Seguin, who they defeated 47-45 Friday.
Summit (14-11, 4-2) built a 17-4 lead after the first quarter and a 26-12 advantage by halftime behind tremendous defensive pressure.
The Jaguars held Legacy without a field goal for a nine-minute stretch that started in the opening quarter and extended to the 5:08 mark of the second.
Sophomore guard Lovell Cabbil led Summit with a game-high 14 points.
"Summit came out and wanted it more, they were physical and were going two or three speeds faster than we were," Legacy coach Marchie Murdock Sr. said. "We got shocked and we weren't ready to play."
That all changed in the second half.
Senior guard Brett Potter sank three of his four 3-pointers after the break to finish with a team-high 12 points and sixth man Chris Smith scored all nine of his points in the second half to help spark Legacy.
Smith also attacked the glass for rebounds, dove for loose balls and generally played like a wild man to energize the home crowd and his teammates.
"I was just trying to make something happen for my team," Smith said. "I saw that we were down so I just tried to do everything I could to try and get my team back up."
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