The Marion boys’ basketball team hit the ground running with a 67-49 victory over Southeast of Saline to open the season Friday.
Led by Sam Zinn and Chase Stringer, who scored 27 and 20 points, respectively, Marion established the lead early, bursting to a 14-5 advantage after the first quarter, and 35-18 at halftime.
The Trojans made a second-half rally, doubling their score to close within 48-36 by the end of the third quarter. But a 19-13 Warrior effort in the final period sealed Marion’s victory.
The Warriors shot nearly 58 percent from the field (30-for-52). Zinn was 12-for-18 (67 percent), including 3-for-3 beyond the arc. He had eight assists. Meanwhile, Stringer was 10-for-13 (77 percent) and recorded seven rebounds and five assists. Noah Dalrymple grabbed 12 rebounds to go with his six points.
“(Sam and Chase) complement one another really well,” coach Terry Edwards said. “I’d like to see Eli (Hett) and Evann (Heidebrecht) shoot the ball a little bit more, and Noah, too. But they had something going, so we just kind of stuck with that. We played better defense than we had in the past, so that helped hold (SES) down a little bit.”
Coming—Marion (1-0) was scheduled to face Eureka Tuesday to open the Marion Classic. The Warriors will play Wichita Home School Thursday and conclude the tournament Saturday.