MONTICELLO – Monticello Coach Wayne Sherrer has preached to his team about the need to be consistent. Before the Billies faced Marion in the championship game of the Southeast Arkansas Holiday Tournament, Sherrer warned them about Patriots star Warren Boyd's ability to score close to the basket.

MONTICELLO – Monticello Coach Wayne Sherrer has preached to his team about the need to be consistent. Before the Billies faced Marion in the championship game of the Southeast Arkansas Holiday Tournament, Sherrer warned them about Patriots star Warren Boyd’s ability to score close to the basket.

Unfortunately for the Billies, Sherrer’s concerns turned out to be well-founded.

Boyd scored 29 points and the Billies struggled on both ends of the court as Marion claimed a 60-40 victory at Steelman Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

“They shot the ball extremely well and they did a good job,” Sherrer said. “We came out kind of flat, but you’ve got to give them all the credit. They shot it well; they are always real good defensively. We had not seen them shoot it as well as they did tonight. You couple their defense and their effort with a good shooting night, and that’s hard to handle.”`

Boyd had 20 points in the first half, dominating the interior as Marion raced out to a 38-20 halftime lead.

“He killed us,” Sherrer said. “He really did. We were very concerned about him and the area where he got most of his scoring, in that mid-post area. We didn’t do a very good job of defending him.”

Boyd’s first-half outburst included 14 consecutive Marion points as the Patriots went ahead 21-13. He cooled off for a bit in the second half, scoring just two points in the third quarter, but provided the game’s biggest highlight with 4:19 left in the third quarter when he took a behind-the-back pass from a teammate and slammed home a monster dunk that put Marion ahead 51-34.

Monticello cut that to 51-38, but Marion finished the game with a 9-2 run.

Sherrer said the Billies will attempt to learn from the loss as they move into the second half of the season.

“We’ve just got to bring our A game every night,” he said. “I thought our effort last night was pretty good. Tonight’s was somewhat flat. You can’t have great effort every now and then. You’ve got to have consistency.”

Junior guard Devon Jackson led Monticello (8-3) with 12 points.