Marion boys earn split in week of close games

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The Marion boys upset fourth-ranked Sedgwick, 50-47, Jan. 10 in a down-to-the-wire game, but then lost Friday at Hutch Trinity, 47-46, on a free throw with 0.5 seconds left.

The Warriors are now 3-6 overall and 0-3 in the Heart of America league.

Hutch Trinity?Trinity was on fire out of the gate, scoring nine unanswered points in the first minute of play on Friday

The Celtics pushed the lead to 19-8 before Taylor Heidebrecht scored from beyond the arc and Jordan Hett was fouled on a three-point shot and made his free throws to narrow the gap to 19-14 by the end of the quarter.

After Trinity outscored Marion, 6-2, in the first four minutes of the second quarter, the Warriors cut the 10-point lead to 26-22 by halftime.

Marion inched closer in the third quarter. Hett scored six points off layups to make the score 33-32 quarter?s end.

Mikael Antoszyk started the final quarter with a three to give Marion its first lead of the game. Two baskets by Antoszyk gave Marion a 39-35 lead with 6:03 left.

But the Celtics rallied to take a 42-41 lead with 4:25 remaining. With Marion leading ,46-44, Trinity scored to tie the game, and then made the winning free throw with 0.5 seconds left.

Jacob Harper scored 19 points to lead Marion. Hett and Antoszyk pitched in 13 and seven, respectively.

Sedgwick?In Marion?s 50-47 upset last Tuesday, both teams struggled in a physical, back-and-forth contest that saw four ties and 18 lead changes.

?We did a good job following the game plan, and tonight was a night where it paid off for us,? said coach Jeff McMillin. ?They want to play a very fast-paced game, a frenetic style, and our No. 1 goal in our game plan was to play at our pace.?

The two teams exchanged the lead in the opening quarter. The Cardinals sank two sets of free throws late to take a 12-8 lead at the first break.

The story line continued into the second period.

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Sedgwick led by six early, but Mikael Antoszyk drained a big three-pointer at 7:18 to bring Marion to within 14-11, and swing momentum the Warriors? way.

?At that point it was kind of slipping away from us a little bit, and he made a big shot,? McMillin said.

Jordan Hett scored off a steal moments later, then hit the basket at 6:21 that gave Marion a 15-14 lead.

The game saw several more lead changes. But with 13 seconds left, Hett stole the ball and scored the layup to put Marion within 24-23 at halftime.

In the third quarter, the lead switched eight times. By the time it ended, Marion was still trailing by one 38-37.

In the fourth quarter, Sedgwick pushed the lead to six points with 4:11 remaining.

With Marion desperately needing to score to keep their victory hopes alive, Hett made a layup and Harper sank two free throws to make it 47-45 with 2:52 left.

Scott Jones swiped the ball and passed to Hett, who was fouled as he made the layup. The extra free throw gave Marion a 48-47 lead with 1:32 to play.

With 43 seconds remaining and Marion clinging to a one-point lead, Harper was fouled and made a free throw. After the Warrior defense prevailed on the other end, Harper was fouled again and sank a free throw with 24 seconds left to secure the upset.

?I think we are just growing as competitors,? McMillin said. ?Maybe last year they would have withered away when it got a little tough, but they?re showing me that when it gets tough they?re going to fight back.?

Hett and Harper scored 19 and 17 points, respectively.

?We usually know we?re going to get good games from Harper and from Hett, but Taylor Heidebrecht stepped up and hit shots, especially early-on,? McMillin said.

?Scott Jones contributed well for us, and so did Mikael. The guys off the bench played really well. It was a team effort.?

McMillin said he was pleased with how his players responded to a very physical and aggressive Sedgwick team.

?We were far outsized, but we mixed it up with them and we didn?t back down,? he said.

?I was very proud of them for that, too. (Sedgwick is) far more athletic and far larger than we are, but we didn?t back down from them.?

Coming?The Warriors are scheduled to compete in the Cougar Classic at Centre Jan. 17, 20 and 21.

They were to open play Tuesday against Solomon.

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