Marion to play for third place in home tournament

The Marion boys basketball team picked up a home opening victory over Peabody-Burns 37-27, but dropped Friday?s contest to defending 2A state champion Berean Academy.45-25.

The intra-county ?Warrior clash? started basket for basket in the first quarter, ending 8-7 PBHS. Marion made a 12-2 run in the second to lead 19-11 at the half.

The run proved to be the key factor in the low scoring contest. Marion outscored the Warriors 18-17 in the second half.

Both teams struggles offensively, each shooting 31 percent from the field. Turnovers were key, as PBHS committed 24 to Marion?s 15.

Jordan Hett led Marion with a stat line of 6-for-13 from the field, 3-for-5 from three-point range, 4-for-4 free throws, 19 points, four rebounds, one foul, one turnover, two steals.

Dillon Richmond had four points, four rebounds. Jordan Versch had two points, six rebounds, and four steals. Jacob Harper had four, rebounds, four steals.

Derek Price led PBHS with 12 points, 14 rebounds, four steals and six turnovers. Hunter Pickens, had six points, four steals and three rebounds and eight turnovers.

Berean Academy

Marion failed to reach the ten-point mark until the fourth quarter Friday against Berean before making fourth quarter surge.

Shooting 3-of-12 from the field in the first half, Marion struggled. Ending the first quarter with two points, The Warriors could only double the total to end the half 23-6.

Continuing its offensive woes in the third, Marion won the fourth quarter 17-12.

Berean shot 58.1 percent from the field, 4-of-6 from three, while the Warriors converted 11-of-33 for the game. Marion was outrebounded 23-14. Each team had 15 turnovers.

Karlin Wiebe led Berean with five rebounds and two assists. He shot 4-of-4 from the foul line. Luke Friesen was 3-of-four from the field for nine points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and zero turnovers.

Jordan Hett led Marion with seven points. The sophomore shot 3-of-10 from three.

Scott Jones had six points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field. Dillon Richmond had five points, two steals.

Coming

Marion (1-1, 1-2) plays Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. against Belle Plain (1-1, 1-2) for third place.

Remington (2-0, 2-1)? will play Berean Academy (2-0, 3-0) in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. Eureka (0-2, 0-2) will play PBHS (0-2) at 1:30 p.m fifth place.

There will also be a free throw contest and a 3-point shootout before the championship game.

Tuesday Dec. 7

Belle Plaine 55, Eureka 45

Marion 35, PBHS 27

Thursday, Dec. 9

Berean 54, PBHS 22

Remington 55, Belle Plaine 39

Friday, Dec 10

Berean 45, Marion 25

Remington 67, Eureka 25

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