Canton-Galva?Marion led from start to finish in its 65-43 victory over the Eagles Friday.
?They played really focused at both ends of the floor and carried out the game plan to a tee,? coach Jeff McMillin said. ?By and large, it was a game I don?t have a lot to be critical of.?
Jacob Baldwin and Zach Robson scored back-to-back baskets for an early lead before Tanner Klingensmith put Canton-Galva on the board with a basket.
From there, Marion scored 10 unanswered points to enjoy a 14-2 advantage.
The final 2:04 became a three-point show. Nick Bray drained one, then Taylor Heidebrecht and Zach Robson followed with two 36 seconds apart to end the quarter with a 20-5 Marion lead.
The teams traded scores to open the second quarter until Klingensmith scored three straight baskets to bring the Eagles within 27-18 with 3:25 left before halftime.
But Marion ended the quarter with a 13-0 run that included three Robson three-pointers in succession for a 40-18 halftime lead.
Connor Farnham hit a three out of the break, but Marion launched a 13-0 run that put the Warriors ahead 53-21 with 4:14 left in the quarter.
Bray drained a three at 4:01, and neither team scored again until less than a minute remained in the period. The third quarter ended with a three-pointer for each team: one from Bret Voth and one from Bray, for a 57-27 score heading into the final period.
Bray sank a three to start the fourth quarter, and Klingensmith followed with a basket before Timothy Knolla scored for Marion. Bray made three more threes in the final 2:57, but Marion led by 22 at the final buzzer.
Bray led all scorers with 21 points. Klingensmith added 12 for Canton-Galva. Robson led Marion with 19 points. Knolla added 14 and Heidebrecht 11.
Ell-Saline?Marion and Ell-Saline played to a 23-23 halftime tie last Tuesday, and the Cardinals remained in contention until the Warriors began to pull away late in the third quarter en route to a 48-43 victory.
?We let them hang around a lot longer than we needed to,? coach Jeff McMillin said. ?We had them uncomfortable in the first quarter and let them hang around by turning the ball over and missing a couple shots.?
The Warriors got on the board first with a basket by Timothy Knolla. After a 3-3 tie, Marion held the advantage the rest of the quarter.
Marion led by as much as 14-7 when Zach Robson and Taylor Heidebrecht scored back-to-back baskets. But Ell-Saline did not go quietly, launching a 6-0 run that lasted into the second quarter to narrow the gap to 14-13 with 6:54 left in the half.
The teams traded scores and the first half ended tied at 23.
?At the end of the second quarter, it felt like (the Card?inals) were at ease,? McMillin said. ?We couldn?t really get them uncomfortable again until we got a couple buckets in the third quarter against their zone and we started running our zone offense well.
?Then we got the press back on and finally got them uncomfortable again.?
The Cardinals took a 26-23 lead out of the break, but those were Ell-Saline?s last points of the quarter.
Marion, meanwhile, tied the game after a three-point play by Robson and gained a 32-26 lead by the end of the quarter with baskets by Robson, Grif Case and Jacob Baldwin.
Marion?s lead was never really threatened after that, with Ell-Saline only able to draw within four points a couple times. Marion made five of eight free throws in the final minute to seal the 48-43 victory.
Robson led Marion with 17 points. Baldwin and Heidebrecht each added 10.
Coming?Marion was scheduled to compete at Sedgwick Tuesday and will host Bennington Friday. In the teams? first meeting this season, Marion defeated Bennington, 46-37.