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SA boys lose to top-ranked MRA at home

January 19, 2014

Starkville Academy's Caleb Merchant, right, goes up for the opening tip of the game against Devin Gilmore (23) of Madison-Ridgeland Academy. (Photo by Jake Goodwin, For Starkville Daily News)

Starkville Academy boys basketball coach Mark Alexander knows there are going to be times when an opponent is just better.
Saturday was one of those times.
The Madison-Ridgeland Academy Patriots brought the top-ranked team in Mississippi Association of Independent Schools to town and didn't leave much doubt in Alexander's mind that they were anything less than that.
The Patriots defeated the Volunteers 67-24.
"They are the No. 1 team in the state for a reason," Alexander said. "They've been doing that with everybody else too.
"We've been playing a lot better lately. This is a game you just throw away, know they are the better team and move on. What we need to do is keep improving as a team and not worry about (Saturday). I'm pleased with the progress we are making. I'm not going to get discouraged. They were just a better team."

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