Youth and inexperience reared its ugly head on Thursday night, as the Dragons lost their rematch with Marshfield, 57-53, in the opening round of the Rockland Athletic Holiday Tournament at Marshfield High School.

Having lost to Duxbury a week earlier by a score of 60-58, Marshfield Coach Bob Fisher knew what he had to do to slow down the undefeated Dragons: pressure their ball handlers.

His team did just that in the opening minutes, causing several turnovers that ignited a 13-0 run after Duxbury’s Curtis Owen opened the game with a bucket.

Another basket by Owen and a put back by Rob Kosharek cut the lead to 13-6, prompting Fisher to call a timeout with 54 seconds to go in the first quarter. The ease with which Kosharek was operating in the paint concerned the Marshfield coach, who called for another timeout just seconds into the second quarter after Kosharek put two more on the board for a 13-8 score.

The teams traded hoops over the next few minutes and Jason Marino cut the margin to 18-17 with a three-pointer.

Marshfield’s senior captain Barrett Murphy then buried a pair of baskets for a 22-17 lead, but Duxbury retaliated with free throws by Khai Perry (2), Kosharek, and John Geary to tie the game at 22 with 1:24 left in the half.

The Rams would score before the half ended and went to the locker room with a 24-22 lead.

Marshfield’s Alex White opened the second half with a three-point play, and Justin Marino countered with a bucket. Duxbury Coach Gordon Cushing became irate at the officiating crew and was tagged with a technical foul, sending Murphy to the line to hit a pair of free throws for a 29-24 lead.

Eric Whittaker scored three straight points to make it 32-24 for the hosts, but it started a comeback by the Dragons that was led by the Marino twins. Suddenly, it was 36-34 on an Owen basket with two minutes to go in the third quarter and Fisher called a timeout.

When play resumed, the Rams went on a 10-5 run to end the quarter with a 46-39 lead.

Geary and Justin Marino helped cut the lead to 48-44 with a little more than five minutes to go, and Owen buried a jumper to make it a two-point game with 4:50 on the clock.

The teams traded baskets and free throws over the final four minutes,  and with Duxbury trailing 55-53 with 52 second remaining, Cushing called a timeout.

Justin Marino would make two huge blocks in the final 24 seconds to gain possession.  But Owen’s tying shot was off the mark with 4.9 seconds remaining with the Rams getting the rebound and being fouled.

Jason Marino and Owen were the high scorers for Duxbury with 14 points each, while Geary and Justin Marino added 7 apiece.

“We came out real flat and didn’t play well.  I think we were down 13-4,” said Cushing. “To our credit we came back and made it close at halftime. We’re young and we have to learn how to step up and meet a physical challenge. We got pushed around, but we hung in there and made a game of it.”

In Friday’s consolation game, Owen led Duxbury (4-2) with 19 points in a 59-55 OT loss to Scituate (3-3).

The Dragons will travel to North Quincy on Friday night to take on the Red Raiders at 6:30 p.m.