MHS boys beat ?Dogs in rematch



The Marion boys rode last week?s comeback win over Bennington to a follow-up victory at home Friday, putting them at 2-0 on the week for a three-game win streak after their defeat of Inman Feb. 14.

The Warriors now stand at 10-9 overall and 3-5 in league play.

Bennington?History repeated itself Friday as Marion hung on for a 41-36 win in their home rematch with Bennington.

?We didn?t burn out any light bulbs on the scoreboard tonight, that?s for sure,? said coach Jeff McMillin. ?This last week has basically been a long halftime where we could make adjustments, and it showed. They were on top of everything we tried to do and we were on top of everything they tried to do.?

It might have been the ugliest win this season in a hard-fought defensive battle that saw a score of just 6-5, Bulldogs, at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was somewhat improved, with the Warriors outscoring Bennington, 12-7.

But nine of those points came from perimeter shots, courtesy of Jacob Harper and Jordan Hett, and the rest came at the line. Marion struggled to score inside against a larger and aggressive Bulldog defense. The Warriors led 17-13 at the break.

Hett found the spark inside at the start of the third quarter, following two free throws with back-to-back baskets that gave Marion an eight-point lead. But Bennington launched a six-point scoring burst before Mikael Antoszyk broke the streak with a three-pointer. Marion led 28-24 advantage at the end of the period.

Both teams traded baskets to begin the final quarter, until the Bulldogs tied it up, 32-32, with 3:35 left to play. Scott Jones scored inside for the lead, and Bennington again earned the tie at 2:49.

Marion won the game at the free-throw line. Harper dropped in seven of eight free throws in the last 2:10 to secure both the victory and a winning record for the Warriors.

Harper led his team with 19 points. Hett scored 10 and Antoszyk added seven points.

Inman?Marion survived a late Teuton surge to escape with a 54-50 win Feb. 14 thanks to exceptional perimeter shooting. The Warriors made seven shots from three-point range, with two baskets from players coming off the bench.

?They were blanketing Jordan (Hett) and they were blanketing Jacob (Harper),? said coach Jeff McMillin. ?They gave up shots to the rest of the guys, and we had guys step up and make them. That was a big reason for the win.?

Marion got good looks against Inman early but couldn?t get the shots fall. The Teutons cruised to a 7-0 lead in the first three minutes.

Jacob Harper completed a traditional three-point play at 3:20, but Inman responded with five more points. Momentum began to shift the Warriors? way when Zac Robson came off the bench and hit a three-pointer with 33 seconds left to spark an eight-point run into the first two minutes of the second period.

Mikael Antoszyk, who scored 15 points, hit the first of three buckets from the perimeter to tie the game at 14 at 5:09. Jordan Hett would tie it once more before Antoszyk sank his second three-pointer to give Marion its first lead of the night.

?Mikael (Antoszyk) has trouble getting shots off because of his size, but if you?re going to give him open shots he?s going to shoot near 50 percent,? McMillin said.

After taking the lead, the Warriors went on to outscore Inman, 23-8, in the quarter for a 29-20 lead at halftime.

Antoszyk and Ethan Hett traded three-pointers with Inman through the third quarter, helping the Warriors to cling to a narrow lead. The Teutons drew within six points with 55 seconds left, but Harper completed a three-point play with 32 seconds left. Inman snuck in a bucket at the buzzer for a 42-35 score at the end of the quarter.

In the final period, Taylor Heidebrecht?s three-pointer at 6:43 gave Marion a double-digit lead at 47-37. The Teutons sank back-to-back threes to jump back into contention, but Heidebrecht scored from beyond the arc to make it 52-43 with 3:16 left to play.

Inman scored five more points as the clock ran down, but Jordan Hett dropped in two free throws to secure the win.

Marion scored 24 points from beyond the arc?nearly half of their points for the game. Antoszyk led the team with 15 points, Jacob Harper added 14 points and Jordan Hett 10.

Coming?The Warriors were scheduled to travel to Sedgwick Feb. 21 for their regular-season finale. Sub-state competition begins Feb. 27. See for same-night coverage.

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