Rose Bud left-handed guard Lance Gray tossed in three from beyond the arc while scoring a game-high 11 points for the Junior Ramblers, who outscored the Junior Bulldogs 14-2 in the fourth quarter, gliding to a 38-18 victory Friday at Rambler Arena.
Rose Bud snatched an early lead on a pull up jumper from right baseline by forward Stone Nix, but Quitman would hang around in the first half as forward Hunter McClung answered in the paint.
The Junior Ramblers regained a 4-2 lead on point guard Brandon Lemieux's runner in the lane, but Quitman guard Garrett Kennedy countered with a three-pointer from left wing.
A long drought ensued for the final two and a half minutes of the first quarter, leaving the Junior Bulldogs ahead, 5-4.
Quitman extended its lead on a slashing layup by forward Devyn McVay, but Blacksmith swiped a steal and scored. After McVay hit a free throw, Blacksmith scored off a backside lob, tying the score at 8-8.
Kennedy hit a free throw for Quitman's final lead as Gray scored five straight, starting with a three-pointer from left corner in transition. Gray added a pull up jump shot from left baseline, giving the Jr. Ramblers a 13-9 lead.
Rose Bud took a 15-11 lead to halftime after McVay and guard Gaige Gallaway traded a pair of free throws and the Jr. Ramblers extended their early lead in the third quarter on a putback from power forward Ryan Schaumleffel.
The Jr. Ramblers used a 6-2 surge to gain some breathing room, taking a 24-14 lead on Gray's three-pointer from left wing.
Quitman forward Michael Lewis responded with a putback, whittling Rose Bud's lead to 24-16 entering the final eight minutes of play.
Nix hit two free throws and Blacksmith notched a stick back as Rose Bud built a double figure lead early in the fourth quarter and cruised down the stretch.
In the final four minutes, Gray drilled a three-pointer, Lemieux picked a steal and scored, Gallaway made two free throws and guard Jordan Coughlin picked a steal and dropped a driving scoop shot in heavy traffic as the Jr. Ramblers closed the game with authority.
Following Gray's game-high 11 points, Blacksmith had eight and Nix finished with six for Rose Bud. Kennedy and McVay each scored five points to pace Quitman.