Warriors boys win two on the road

The Marion boys’ basketball team beat a lethargic Sacred Heart team, 55-41, Thursday night in Salina and brought home their second Cottonwood Valley League win of the year.

The Warriors and Knights battled blow-for-blow early in the game with Marion leading, 9-5, when the first quarter ended.

But in the second quarter, Marion held Sacred Heart to just five points while scoring 13 of their own to take a 22-10 lead into the locker room at halftime.

In the third quarter, the blue-and-red continued their domination but were lulled to sleep by the Sacred Heart offense. Despite a slight third-quarter rally by the Knights, the Warriors took a 33-22 lead into the final period.

The Knights came storming back with less than two minutes remaining in the game, but the Warriors maintained their composure to secure a crucial road win.

Keith Dudley came off the Warrior bench to fire the Warrior offense with a game- and career-high of 12. Braxton Skiles added 10 points for Marion.

Hope-The Warriors picked up a 54-49 road win over a highly touted Hope team Tuesday night.

Despite facing the tallest team Marion has battled all season, the Warriors took care of Hope inside and out for a confidence-building non-league win.

The Warrriors trailed 12-9 after the first quarter but put together a strong team effort in the following quarter to tie the game at 20 at intermission.

After halftime, the Warriors held Hope to nine points while Marion added 15 of its own for a 35-29 lead.

A third-quarter defensive standoff proved to be crucial. In the final period, the Warriors were outscored by one, but took home a five-point win.

Braxton Skiles had 12 points for the Warriors and Robert Verbic added 11.

Coming-Marion is 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the CVL. The Warriors take a much-deserved hiatus from the game for the holiday break and will resume play Friday, Jan. 4 at home against Herington.

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