The Marion boys ended tournament play in the Marion Classic with a 59-50 loss to Eureka Saturday, finishing with a 1-2 record.
“Every single thing (the Tornadoes) do goes off the dribble into the lane and then pitch or shoot,” coach Randy Skiles said. “Our strategy was trying to keep them out of the lane, and we didn’t do a very good job of that.”
The teams battled to a 16-16 tie after one quarter of play, both making seven of 12 attempts from the floor. Chase Stringer contributed seven points, and with Marion trailing by two with less than a minute left, Evann Heidebrecht scored the tying basket.
Meanwhile, the game’s leading scorer, Kash Parmes, tossed in 10 points by the end of the quarter en route to a 24-point night.
Marion enjoyed its last lead, 21-19, after Stringer drained a 3-pointer with 4:57 left in the first half. From there, Eureka ended the half on an 11-5 run, thanks in part to the effort of Haydon Mead, who scored seven points, and went on to score 18 for the game. Marion trailed 30-26 at intermission.
Parmes scored seven more points in the first 3:37 of the third quarter as Eureka extended its lead to 41-32 before Marion’s Noah Dalrymple scored the final four points with a basket and two free-throws, narrowing the gap to 41-36 at the final break.
Marion trimmed the deficit to three a few times, the final time when Zachary Stuchlik scored with 3:58 to play for a 47-44 margin. But Marion missed shots and a turnover allowed the Tornadoes to stretch their lead to 53-44 with 2:21 left. Marion got within five points, but Eureka scored the final four points to win by nine.
“We were never out of it,” Skiles said. “We would slow the ball down, we’d make good passes, and we’d get it inside and get an easy basket. But then all of the sudden we started relying on individual skills and the 3-pointer, and we just shot ourselves out of the game.”
Stringer led Marion with 14 points. Heidebrecht scored 11. Stuchlik pulled down 11 rebounds to go with eight points.
Wichita Homeschool—Marion earned a 63-58 victory Friday in its second game at the Marion Classic.
The Warriors led 12-10 lead after one quarter, then exploded with a 19-point second-quarter, boosted by a pair of 3-pointers from Chase Stringer, and five points from Blaine Mermis with a 3-pointer and two free-throws. Marion led 31-22 at halftime.
Marion recorded another 19-point effort in the third quarter, led by Zachary Stuchlik, who scored eight of his 12 points for the game. Wichita Homeschool doubled its score to draw within 50-44 at the final break.
Wichita Homeschool held a 14-13 edge in the fourth quarter, but Marion held on to win by five. The Warriors made seven of 12 free-throws in the final quarter.
“It was a quiet lead,” coach Randy Skiles said. “We just kept slowing it down, slowing it down, and we’d get up two and then we’d get a stop.”
Stringer led the Warriors with 16 points. Sam Zinn and Stuchlik each scored 12. Mermis scored 10.
Remington—Marion suffered a tournament-opening loss Thursday, 58-44.
The teams battled to an 8-8 tie through one quarter of play. Sam Zinn scored half of Marion’s points.
Aided by three 3-pointers from Shane Tillotson, Remington outscored the Warriors, 17-12, in the second quarter for a 25-20 lead at intermission. Marion countered with 3-pointers by Eli Hett and Zachary Stuchlik in the period.
The Broncos pushed the spread the lead with a 16-7 third-quarter effort, leaving Marion trailing, 41-27, heading into the final period.
The teams played evenly through the fourth quarter. Remington scored 11 of its 17 points at the free-throw line. Meanwhile, Stuchlik scored nine of his team-high 15 points in the final period. Zinn finished with 12 points.
Coming—Marion (1-3) will play in the Heart of America League/Central Plains League challenge Friday in McPherson.