ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ERIN RICHMOND
A free throw by Russell Ploutz and a 3-pointer by Calvin Jeffrey got the Marion boys fired up and ready to play en route to their 70-56 home-court win over Ellinwood on Friday.
Two free throws by Ellinwood’s Boshner Whitaker started the Eagles on a 7-0 run and an 8-7 lead with 2:55 to go.
The Warriors took the lead again when Travis Hett sank a 3-pointer. Tough defense by Marion gained them a five-second call on the Eagles, and Warrior Jeremy Vondenkamp followed with a basket.
A last-second shot by Ellinwood left Marion trailing by two points, 13-11, entering the second quarter.
Ellinwood made a 2-pointer and two free throws to start the second quarter. Jason Hett responded with a 2-pointer.
Several missed baskets by the Warriors enabled the Eagles to outscore them 16-15 in the quarter with seven seconds to go. But Travis Hett sank a 3-point shot at the buzzer to tie the score 29-29 at halftime.
Following a basket by Ellinwood to start the third quarter, Marion launched a 15-2 run with baskets by Kelsey, Travis Hett, Jason Hett, Vondenkamp, and Emmanuel Jackson.
Marion led 48-38 with one period to go.
Jason Hett and Jackson each recorded a steal to start the fourth, igniting a 12-2 Warrior run. Ploutz picked up his fifth foul with four minutes left and Jason Hett followed with a fifth foul with three minutes remaining.
A technical foul on Ellinwood sent Travis Hett to the line, and he sank both free throws.
Kyle Hett came off the bench to score four points and a 70-53 Marion lead. The Eagles’ Jason Wahimeier made a 3-point basket for the game’s final points.
Travis Hett led Marion with 18 points and Jason Hett added 16. The Warriors shot 42 percent from the field while the Eagles shot 29 percent.
“Our offense was better than it has been, but it still has room for improvement,” Ploutz said afterward. “Some things we could work on is our defense. We need to be quicker and more aggressive.” åComing-The Warriors will participate in the Hillsboro Trojan Classic this week with a season record of 3-5.