On Friday, February 7th, Marlington lost to Alliance 58-59 in the final seconds of the game.
Alliance and Marlington battled for the lead all night; with 3 seconds left on the clock and Andrew Pucci had drawn a foul for two shots but his shots came up short.
Pucci led the team with 31 points and 8 rebounds. Cameron Bennett followed him with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Ryan Cooley and Nik Tortola had the game-high 5 assists.
The Dukes shot 31% from the three-point line and 47% from the foul line for the night, however, Alliance edged out the Dukes with a 100% from the three-point line and 58% from the foul line.
Overall the Dukes made 21 out of 55 shots while the Aviators made 21-21.
While the game brought an intensity to Marlington, the fans brought a protest.
The Duke Pound wore black and held up signs in protest of the recent decision of reopening Marlboro Elementary. Parents and spectators alike, held up the signs as they chanted for Marlboro to stay closed.
While the protest happened, the participants were respectful and kept the focus on the game and players by only chanting during timeouts.