Marion boys fall in home opener

Tim Knolla (3) dribbles around Southeast of Saline?s Kendal Peterson during the first half of Marion?s 71-53 loss to the Trojans Friday. Knolla contributed 12 points on the night.The Marion boys faced a Southeast of Saline team ranked 10th in Class 3A for its season opener, and dropped a 71-53 decision at home.

?When (SES) came out in the first half, they were pretty lights out,? coach Jeff McMillin said. ?That?s about as lights out as I?ve seen a team, and probably for sure that I?ve coached against.

?You?ve got to tip your cap to them a little bit for the way they played.?

Southeast sank five three-point baskets en route to a 23-11 lead by the end of the opening period.

With missed opportunities at the charity stripe to start the second quarter, Marion faced a 26-11 deficit after yet another three-point Trojan basket. SES surged to its largest lead of the half, 38-17, with 1:29 left before halftime.

Taylor Heidebrecht hit a three-point basket with 11 seconds left, but SES enjoyed a 42-23 halftime lead.

?I told the kids I thought we played hard, so I wasn?t going to get upset with them about that,? McMillen said. ?Both teams played hard, but I think their intensity was higher than ours was.?

The Trojans enjoyed their largest lead of the night at 45-23 only 18 seconds into the second half.

Marion cut the lead to 61-49 when Tim Knolla made a three-pointer and Jacob Baldwin followed with a basket with 4:11 left in the game. But SES went on to win by 18.

Heidebrecht led the Warriors with 16 points followed by Knolla with 12.

?I?m not as upset with my guys as I am impressed with Southeast,??McMillin said. ?I thought they were better than us tonight.

?We?re going to bounce back. It?s a long season, and if you?re going to be upset with your performance in Game 1, then you?re in the wrong line of work because it?s a journey.

?I have no doubt that we?ll have times during the year where we?re going to have streaks where we play well and win several games in a row. We?ve got a good team. We?ll win games, and we?re not hitting the panic button at all. We faced a red-hot team.?

Coming?The Warriors will host the Marion Classic this week. Marion is scheduled to play Berean Acad?emy Thursday and Belle Plaine Friday. The tournament will conclude Saturday.

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