The fourth-seeded Marion boys’ basketball team won the Cougar Classic tournament hosted by Centre last week by defeating Elyria Christian, 47-36, Thursday. The Warriors played three games in three days when the tournament schedule was readjusted because of weather concerns.
Thursday’s championship game began with the second-seeded Eagles claiming a 7-5 lead after one quarter and Marion drawing within 16-15 at halftime.
The Warriors claimed the lead by the end of the third quarter, 26-21, and nearly doubled their score with a 21-15 fourth-quarter scoring effort to solidify the victory.
Noah Dalrymple had a double-double performance with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Chase Stringer scored 11 points and had eight rebounds.
As a team Marion made just under 35 percent of its field goal attempts (15-for-43).
Rural Vista—Marion defeated top-seeded Rural Vista in the semifinals Wednesday, 55-46.
Marion burst to a 19-7 advantage at the first break, but the Heat flipped the script with a big quarter of their own to draw within 29-27 at halftime.
The Warriors outscored Rural Vista, 15-8, in the third quarter to lead, 44-35 at the final break, and the teams played evenly through the fourth quarter, each scoring 11 points.
The Warriors made around 31 percent of their shots from the field (18-for-59). Chase Stringer led the team with 20 points and nine rebounds. Sam Zinn scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Noah Dalrymple scored 10 points.
Solomon—Marion opened tournament play with a 74-36 victory over fifth-seeded Solomon Tuesday.
The Warriors took control from the beginning, leading 19-12 after one quarter, 46-23 at halftime, and 69-33 after three quarters. A 5-3 fourth-quarter effort brought it to the final spread.
Three Warriors scored in double digits, led by Chase Stringer with 22 points, Eli Hett 17 and Sam Zinn 13. Noah Dalrymple had nine points, eight rebounds and seven steals. Zinn recorded nine assists. Marion shot 55 percent from the field (31-for-56).
Coming—Marion (0-4, 7-6) will travel to Council Grove Friday before returning to league action by hosting Sedgwick Jan. 29.