Warriors boys thrash Hoisington in MCAA

Friday night’s 71-50 win over Hoisington marked an exciting turnaround for the Marion boys’ basketball team.

Entering the game with a season record of 1-5, the Warriors handled the Cardinals with few problems. The win gave Marion a 1-0 record to start league play.

Early in the first quarter, Jason Hett took the ball in for a layup and was fouled. Sinking the first two free throws of the game set a tone for the rest of the night.

Hoisington didn’t give up easily, though. Point guard Trevor Bieberie made a wide-open layup and sank a 3-pointer to tighten the score. But the Warriors led the Cardinals, 17-13, after one quarter.

In the second quarter, Marion stepped up its defense a notch, holding the Cardinals to five points.

With three minutes left in the half, Jeremy Vondenkamp, Josh Kelsey and David Deforest came off the bench to spark the Warriors to a 35-18 halftime lead.

To start the second half, Russell Ploutz scored on a layup. Shortly after, Calvin Jeffrey stole the ball and passed to Ploutz for another easy layup.

With five minutes left in the quarter, the Warriors went on an 8-0 run to stake a 58-40 lead.

During the fourth quarter, Marion outscored Hoisington 13-10 for the final 21-point margin.

Leading scorer for the Warriors was Jason Hett with 22 points-20 coming from the field. He also had a team-high seven defensive rebounds.

Travis Hett scored 18 points for Marion-16 from the field, including three 3-pointers. Russell Ploutz added 12 points from the field.

As a team, Marion shot 53 percent from the floor and 65 percent from the free-throw line.

Travis Hett, Jason Hett, Jeffrey Richmond and Josh Kelsey combined for 13 of the team’s 19 assists.

Coming-The Warriors (2-5, 1-0) were scheduled to play at Wichita Collegiate (4-2, 1-1) on Tuesday. On Friday, Ellinwood (0-6, 0-2) comes to town. Tip-off will be around 8 p.m.

Next week, the Warriors will compete in the Trojan Classic, hosted by Hillsboro and Marion. The tournament seedings and pairings will be released Wednesday and will be posted on the Free Press Web site.

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