Warriors boys ease past Railers

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ERIC CLARK
The last time the Warriors faced the Herington Railers, Herington’s Colby Bettles scored 20 points and led his team to victory.

Friday night, Bettles scored 21 points, but this time Marion walked away with the win, 62-54.

Even though Bettles surpassed his previous total, Marion coach Chris Moddlemog said his team’s defense against the Railer star was key to the win.

“I think we took Bettles out of his game offensively and defensively,” Moddlemog said. “He sat the first half. When he came back, he tried to push it a little too much. He still had 21 points, but we helped ourselves out a lot against him.

“I think everybody played well,” Moddelmog said about his own players.

“We asked some people to do things that won’t show up in the box score. And down the stretch, we took care of things.”

The Warriors took an early lead and, despite some minor advances by the Railers, Marion seized control of the game. At intermission, Marion led 18-14.

In the third quarter, the Warriors stepped up their defense pressure and held the Railers to 12 points while scoring 17 at the other end.

The Railers outscored the Warriors in the final quarter, but Marion held on to raise their record to 11-6 for the season and 5-2in the Cottonwood Valley League.

Four Warriors cracked double figures. Leading the way was Robert Verbic, who scored 18. Braxton Skiles, Brian Bina and Jason Matz chipped in 15, 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Coming-The Warriors traveled to Wichita Tuesday to face Wichita Trinity Academy. They have Friday off, then will travel to Council Grove, Tuesday, Feb. 19, to face the CVL leaders.

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