Marion boys place third in Classic

Zachary Stuchlik shoots for two during the second half against Eureka Saturday. Stuchlik scored nine points and had seven rebounds in Marion’s 48-44 overtime victory that gave the Warriors third place in the tournament.
Zachary Stuchlik shoots for two during the second half against Eureka Saturday. Stuchlik scored nine points and had seven rebounds in Marion’s 48-44 overtime victory that gave the Warriors third place in the tournament.
The Marion boys earned a 48-44 overtime victory over Eureka Saturday to claim third place in the Marion Classic tournament.

The Warriors fell behind early as the Tornadoes took an 11-6 lead after one quarter of play. Marion trailed, 15-8, with 4:05 left in the half, but from there, the Warriors went on an 11-2 run to take the lead by halftime, 19-17.

“I changed defenses and changed the philosophy a little bit,” coach Randy Skiles said of his team’s turnaround by halftime. “I just called a couple quick timeouts and said, ‘Look guys, everything we get we’re going to have to take.’ They weren’t going to give us anything, so I just kind of gave them that speech and said, ‘You guys (have) got to dig down and give me 110 percent right here,’ and they did, and they got back in the game.”

Evann Heidebrecht and Zachary Stuchlik each scored three points during the third quarter, but Eureka won the period and held a 30-29 lead at the end of it.

The Warriors regained the lead when Nathan Baldwin scored on a second-chance basket, 33-32. Mason Pedersen grabbed a steal and scored, then Baldwin scored again for a 37-32 margin with 3:01 left in regulation. But Eureka outscored Marion, 6-1 after that to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Peyton Heidebrecht scored off a steal to give Marion the early lead, but Eureka fired back with a three-pointer. Pedersen scored on a traditional three-point play and Noah Dalrymple made a two-pointer to give Marion the lead for good, 45-41.

The Tornadoes trimmed the margin to 45-44 with 38 seconds left, but the Warriors made three of four free-throws attempted after that to nail down the win.

“Our emphasis in the overtime was to keep (Kash Parmes) from penetrating in the lane, and we were to go jump that first pass, and we did that,” Skiles said. “We got a couple quick baskets and that changed our philosophy a lot because then we could just run some clock.”

Pedersen scored 14 points to lead the team. Stuchlik added nine, and Dalrymple and Baldwin each scored eight.

Skiles said this of his takeaways from the tournament:

“Getting two wins is huge here with the competition. I found out these guys can compete with anybody in our league.”

Marion 60, Wichita 52

Marion picked up its first win of the season on a night when four members of the home team scored in double figures. Marion shot nearly 49 percent from the field in the game (19-for-39), compared to 31 percent for Wichita Homeschool (19-for-62).

After the visiting Warriors made the first basket, Marion went on a 10-0 run. Mason Pedersen scored three-point baskets to start and end the run, with Nathan Baldwin scoring four points in between.

Marion took its first double-digit lead when Pedersen and Noah Dalrymple scored in succession, 19-6, and the home team led, 19-12 at the first break.

The teams played evenly through the second quarter, with each scoring 14 points. Pedersen led the charge for Marion with six points in the quarter for a 33-26 Marion lead at halftime.

Marion scored six in a row to start the third quarter, but after that, Wichita outscored Marion, 18-6. The visitors closed within 45-44 by the end of the period, thanks to four three-pointers in the final 2:47.

“We were sagging off and losing the shooters,” coach Randy Skiles said of Wichita’s late third quarter rally. “So we found them again, and that’s what made us pull ahead again, I think.”

Marion responded by scoring eight consecutive points to start the fourth quarter. Dalrymple scored four of those points and also recorded two blocks on consecutive Wichita possessions.

The closest Wichita got after that was within four, 54-50, with 1:28 to play, and Marion made six of eight free-throws attempted after that to seal the win.

Pedersen led Marion with 18 points. Three Warriors scored 10: Peyton Heidebrecht, Zachary Stuchlik and Dalrymple.

“(They played) hard,” Skiles said. “There’s some things we have to clean up, as far as (knowing) where the shooters are on defense and things like that, but after we called timeout, we got that fixed, and they did a better job contesting the shots.”

Berean 41, Marion 28

Marion suffered a loss to open its home tournament Monday.

The home team scored just two points in the first quarter, allowing Berean Academy to build an 11-2 lead by the end of it. Scoring picked up in the second quarter, but Berean held a 23-9 lead at intermission.

“I counted in the first half that we missed 10 layups and then several two- or three-foot, five-foot shots,” coach Randy Skiles said. “Shots just weren’t going down.”

Berean outscored Marion, 12-8 in the third quarter to enjoy a 35-17 lead at the final break. Marion held the fourth-quarter advantage, 11-6.

Marion made just 17 percent of its shots from the field (6-for-36), compared to 47 percent for Berean (17-for-36). The home team scored 15 points at the charity stripe on 83 percent shooting (15-for-18).

Zachary Stuchlik led all scorers with 14 points, including a perfect 10-for-10 at the free-throw line.

“We just dug ourselves a hole and couldn’t get out,” Skiles said.

Coming—Marion (2-2) will compete in the HOA-CPL challenge by playing Belle-Plaine Saturday at 1:15 p.m. at McPherson College. The Warriors will host Hillsboro Tuesday to conclude pre-holiday play.