MHS?boys third in Cougar Classic

Evann Heidebrecht dribbles past a Wakefield defender late in the game Monday night. Heidebrecht scored 11 points in the game and made four of four free throws he attempted in the final minute. Marion won, 51-50.The Marion boys claimed third place in the Cougar Classic by defeating Wakefield Monday, 51-50.

With Marion trailing, 4-2, Tyler Zinn made a three to ignite a 12-4 run. Marion led, 14-8, at the first break.

The Warriors led by as many as 29-14 midway through the second quarter. Wakefield trimmed it to six before Nicholas Stuchlik scored to give Marion a 34-26 lead at halftime.

The Warriors started the third quarter on a 7-2 run. Zinn left the game during that time with an apparent ankle injury and did not return.

Mason Pedersen drained two threes, and Evann Heidebrecht added a trey to give Marion a 47-37 lead at the final break.

Marion was scoreless for more than seven minutes to start the fourth period. Wakefield made three consecutive three-pointers, making it 47-46 with 1:27 to play.

Evann Heidebrecht made all four charity shots he attempted in the final 45 seconds for a 51-48 lead. The Warriors committed a foul on a Bomber three-point attempt with less than one second left, but only two of three charity shots hit their mark.

?There were a lot of ups and downs,??coach Jeff McMillin said. ?We did the very minimum of what needed to be done. Sometimes you take them as you can get them.?

Zinn led Marion with 22 points. Evann Heidebrecht added 11, and Pedersen 10.

Sacred Heart 68, Marion 41

Semifinals, Saturday

Marion suffered a tough defeat during the second round of the tournament.?

A minute into the game, Sacred Heart led by six, 8-2, and after that Marion?s deficit only grew larger.

Starting the second quarter trailing 23-10, the Warriors quickly found themselves in a scoring drought as Sacred Heart went on a 13-0 run. Mason Pedersen finally broke the spell right before the half ended with a three-pointer, one of three for him that night. Marion trailed, 40-17, at halftime.

The second half was a similar story, with the Warriors behind by as many as 30 points at times. The third quarter ended with Marion trailing, 59-29.

During the final quarter, Marion only managed to close the gap to within 25 before ending with a 27-point loss.?

Marion shot 35 percent from the field in the game (17-48). Pedersen and Tyler Zinn were Marion?s top scorers. Each scored 13 points.

Marion 55, Rural Vista 39

First round, Friday

The teams battled back and forth in the opening period. The Heat took a 6-2 lead, but Marion claimed it, 8-6. The Warriors led, 12-8, after Tyler Zinn scored twice, and the teams traded baskets, giving Marion a 14-12 lead at the first break.

Marion went on a 7-0 run, and led, 21-16, at the 5:00 mark. From there, Mason Pedersen scored to ignite a 16-2 scoring frenzy. Pedersen capped the run with a three, giving him eight points during that stretch. Marion led, 37-18 at halftime.

Marion outscored the Heat 14-11 in the third quarter. Peyton Heide?brecht and Dylan Pippin scored in succession for a 46-26 margin. Zinn scored on a traditional three-point play and a buzzer-beating two-pointer in the final 1:41, giving Marion a 51-29 margin heading into the final break.

Nicholas Stuchlik and Zinn each made a pair of free throws in the first 1:30 of the fourth quarter, but then Marion took its foot off the accelerator. Rural Vista took advantage with a 10-0 run to end the game.

?I thought we did a pretty good job of being mentally there in the first half,? coach Jeff McMillin said. ?I thought we didn?t do a very good job at all in the second half of being mentally there. We kind of relaxed a little bit and lost some discipline.?

Marion shot around 41 percent from the field in the game (20-49), while limiting Rural Vista to around 38 percent (18-48).

Zinn led the Warriors with 26 points. Pedersen added 11.

Coming?Marion was scheduled to play at Hillsboro Tuesday. The Warriors will host Council Grove Thursday.

Tabor College senior Jared Janzen, an intern at the Free Press during January, provided coverage for Saturday?s games.

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