Playing Council Grove close until the final minute, the Marion boys basketball team ended its season with sub-state quarterfinal loss to Council Grove 54-46.
Facing a 47-41 deficit with 1:11 left to play, Marion?s Wil Case drove to the basket drawing a foul.
Case made the first free throw and missed the second attempt which was rebounded by Isaac Hett. Hett scored on a put back off the rebound, cutting the Braves lead to 47-44.
Hett failed to complete the traditional three-point-play, missing the free throw attempt.
After a scramble for the rebound on the Hett miss, Council Grove came up with the loose ball and pushed the ball up the floor for a fastbreak lay up to give the Braves a 49-44 advantage.
Marion cut Council Grove?s lead to 49-46 with a Drew Maddox drive and lay up with 41 seconds to play.
Council Grove scored on its next possession to extend its lead to 51-46 with 26 seconds to play.
After a Case failed three-point attempt, Council Grove?s Tyler Sisson was fouled. Sisson made the first attempt and rebounded his second attempt. Sisson was fouled after grabbing his own miss and rounded out the game?s scoring by hitting two free throws.
Council Grove?s Derek Ziegenhirt led all scorers with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Sisson finished with 12 points, six rebounds.
Issac Hett paced Marion with 21 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Wil Case scored 17 points.
Marion shot 31 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from the free throw line. The Warriors were outrebounded 40-24 by the Braves
Marion finishes its season 3-8 in MCAA play and 7-14 overall.