Bennington?It was a battle to the finish Friday. Regulation ended with the teams locked at 46 after Zach Robson tied the game with a deep three-pointer at the buzzer. Marion won in overtime 51-49.
?It was very exciting; it was fun,? coach Jeff McMillin said. ?Miserable, I?m sure, to lose that way, but it?s fun being on the right side of it.?
The Warriors battled from behind a majority of the first quarter but led 13-11 when Timothy Knolla and Grif Case made back-to-back threes. After Bennington tied the game, Robson made one of two free throws for a 14-13 Marion lead at the first break.
To again break a tie, Knolla made another three-pointer at the 6:10 mark to give Marion the lead. The Warriors extended it to 28-20 when Robson was fouled on a three-point attempt and made all three charity shots, and then Robson and Case scored consecutive baskets.
Marion led 28-23 at halftime, but the Bulldogs eventually tied the game at 33. By the end of the period, Bennington led 35-33.
When Jacob Baldwin scored at 1:32, Bennington led 44-43. The Warriors missed a few shots, and the Bulldogs extended the lead to 46-43 with 19.4 seconds left.
After a Marion timeout, the Bulldogs ran time off the clock by committing their fifth and sixth team fouls, then took a timeout with 8.3 seconds left.
Robson missed a three-point shot, but the ball went out of bounds and was awarded to Marion. The Warriors took two timeouts, then inbounded from the sideline.
From there, Robson shot a deep three at the buzzer. The ball bounced high off the rim and fell through to tie the game at 46 and send it to overtime.
After Baldwin made a free throw to open overtime, BJ Glanton scored a three-point play for a 49-47 Bulldog lead. Robson made the tying basket, Bennington missed two free throws, then Heidebrecht made both ends of a one-and-one for the final 51-49 margin.
Bennington took a timeout with 9.4 seconds left, but Trevor Wood missed a game-tying jumper.
?I wasn?t expecting that play,? McMillin said. ?I was expecting them to run it through to (Glanton) all along. But they did something different, and we were lucky enough that it missed and we were able to get the ball back.?
Robson was fouled while trying to secure the ball, but missed the front end of a one-and-one. Glanton?s last-second lob missed the mark.
Robson led all scorers with 17 points. Case added 14 and Knolla 13. Glanton led Bennington with 16 points.
Sedgwick?Marion overcame a shutout in the second quarter to post a 40-30 victory Tuesday at Sedgwick
?We knew they were going to have to try to stay in the game by being physical, and we weren?t strong through the physicality,? coach Jeff McMillin said. ?(After halftime), we settled down and finished better and just did what we needed to do to win.?
Sedgwick scored first, then Marion burst to a 10-2 lead after Taylor Heide?brecht scored in transition at the 2:50 mark. Marion led 12-5 at the first break.
Even though Marion failed to score in the second quarter, Sedgwick only managed a 14-12 lead at halftime.
Robson scored off a steal to break the drought and tie the game at 14. The teams were locked at 16 and again at 18. Scoring by Heide?brecht, Jacob Baldwin and Robson helped the Warriors to a 25-21 lead going into the final break.
After Marion established a 28-21 lead, Timothy Knolla scored a three-point play for a 33-25 advantage with 3:16 to go. The teams battled from the charity stripe from there on out. Marion made seven of the eight free throws in the final 2:50, while Sedg?wick made five of six.
Robson led Marion with 17 points.
Coming?Marion was scheduled to conclude the regular season Tuesday at Hutchinson Trinity.
Marion will host a Class 3A sub-state next week that also includes Southeast of Saline, Halstead, Haven, Hesston (undefeated and ranked first in Class 3A) Hutch Trinity, Sacred Heart and Sedgwick. Seedings were to be announced Wednesday afternoon.
All first-round games will be played Monday at the school with the higher seed. Marion will host the semifinals Thursday and the title game Saturday.