Warrior boys outlast Sacred Heart

by Eric Clark

The Marion boys’ basketball team held off the Sacred Heart Knights Friday night, 50-45, for their fourth Cottonwood Valley League win.

After the game, Marion coach Chris Moddlemog said his team came up strong on the boards and played well on the offensive side of the ball.

“We played pretty well in the first half, but we executed better in the second half,” Moddlemog said. “I really thought we rebounded well.”

The Knights led 12-8 after the first quarter. But the Warriors turned up their defensive intensity and held the Knights to just six points in the second quarter while scoring 13 points of their own to take a 21-18 lead at intermission.

“What really helped us was switching defenses against them,” Moddlemog said. “We forced them into some poor decisions.”

The two teams battled evenly through the third quarter. Marion took a four-point lead into the final period, then held off the Knights’ late charge for the win.

“I thought we shot the ball well,” Moddelmog said. “Earlier in the game we were taking shots that were there, but not making them. In the second half, we got good shots and hit some.”

Marion’s Jason Matz led all scorers with 16 points. Braxton Skiles added 15.

Centre-Marion held off the Centre Cougars Tuesday night in Lincolnville, 69-64

Coming-The Marion boys are 10-6 overall and 4-2 in the CVL.

The Warriors travel to Herington next Friday night to battle the Railers.

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