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Marske & Crutch found their groove midway into the first half.

They pulled away and beat the Court Controllers 49-37 on Thursday night at the Marshall Wellness Center.

Kirk Johnson controlled the boards with 14 rebounds and made three steals for Marske & Crutch (1-1). Brandon Cook scored 16 points while Derek Mayer had 13.

“It was really close at the beginning but we adjusted and started taking advantage of their aggressiveness which helped us build a lead. And then we played sound ball after that to keep it,” team captain Jason Marske said.

Marske & Crutch led 33-15 at halftime and they built their advantage to 43-22.

Cook had two 3-pointers and 12 of his 16 points in the first half.

“I was shooting pretty good the first half,” the shooting guard said. “Almost every time I drove I made space for myself and I was able to get a good shot in. I just played aggressive.”

Cook played for Central High-Phenix City in 2010-11.

Reggie Bishop had 10 points and two steals for the Court Controllers (0-1), a new team making their season debut. Anthony Bishop, his father, had nine points with three 3-pointers.

“Not the outcome that we wanted,” team captain Alysse Bishop said. “But it was our first game playing together and I know we’ll find our chemistry.”

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