The Marion boys’ basketball team secured two overtime victories last week to improve to 13-6 on the season.
Both games followed a similar storyline, with Marion surrendering a fourth-quarter lead.
“Fourth quarter, we turn the ball over, take some ill-advised shots we shouldn’t,” coach Terry Edwards said. “Maybe we just get away from things we’ve been doing, and they start feeling the panic at the other end and start making shots.”
Elyria Christian—Marion earned its second overtime victory of the week by defeating the Eagles Friday, 59-53.
The Eagles outscored the Warriors, 9-8, in the first quarter, but Marion claimed the lead by halftime, 21-20.
Marion extended its margin to 36-30 by the end of the third quarter, but Elyria would not go quietly, outscoring Marion, 20-14 in the fourth quarter and tying the game at 50 with a three-pointer at the end of regulation. After Elyria hit another three to start the extra period, Marion scored nine unanswered points to claim the six-point win.
Noah Dalrymple had a double-double performance, scoring a team-high 19 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. He had four steals. Sam Zinn scored 13 points and had seven assists. Eli Hett scored 11 points. Chase Stringer recorded 12 rebounds to go with his eight points.
Marion made about 39 percent of its field-goal attempts (19-for-49). Elyria made 15 three-pointers and just two two-pointers.
The Warriors were 19-for-23 at the free-throw line (83 percent).
“We were helping ourselves at the line, especially late in the game,” Edwards said. “(Elyria) only shot six. They were four of six. We shot 23. I felt good about that.”
Remington—Marion earned a 60-56 overtime victory over the Broncos Tuesday.
The Warriors led, 15-14, after the first quarter, and 29-24 at halftime. An evenly-matched third quarter made it 43-38 by the end of the period. But Remington outscored Marion, 13-8 in the fourth quarter, to send the game to overtime, tied at 51.
The Warriors outscored Remington, 9-5, in overtime to win by four.
“They started hitting shots,” coach Terry Edwards said. “It’s like in the fourth quarter we forget what we’re doing. I don’t know what it is.”
Chase Stringer led the Warriors with 24 points. Sam Zinn scored 15.
As a team, Marion made about 47 percent of its attempts from the field (22-for-47), including about 63 percent from three (5-for-8).
Coming—Marion (4-4, 13-6) was scheduled to conclude the regular season at Bennington Monday. The Warriors will host a Class 2A sub-state tournament beginning Monday. Additional teams in the field include Northern Heights, Mission Valley, Goessel, Herington, Hillsboro, Rossville and Wabaunsee.