The Marion High School boys basketball team overcame Jake Green?s 27-point night and earned a spot in Saturday?s title game with a 54-49 win over Remington Thursday night at the Marion Classic tournament.
In the championship game, the MHS boys put a scare into Berean Academy. Berean ended up with a 45-41 win, but not before fumbling a 28-16 halftime lead and allowing a 37-37 tie early in the fourth quarter.
With six minutes left, Wil Case tied it with his third 3-pointer from the right wing sweet spot?but Marion was out of gas.
Eric Vogel led all scorers and rebounders with a 17-10 double-double and Isaac Hett scored 10 points, but nothing came easily on Saturday night. Not that Marion was without chances down the stretch, but that no shot typified the night better than Hett’s 2-point try, which rattled three times before bouncing out of the basket late in the game. Lonnie Penner led Berean with 16 points?two of which were the capstone free throws in the final minute.
Remington?The Warriors turned the tables on a 17-7 first-quarter deficit by steadily chipping away at the Broncos lead.
Remington carried the early lead through six ties, but when Marion finally pulled ahead, it carried the lead through the final horn.
The Warriors bench outscored Remington?s 8-0 behind Dane Purkeypile (5) and Jordan Hett (3), while starting forwards Isaac Hett and Eric Vogel combined for 39 points.
Remington made three of six 3-pointers in the first half, but hit just one of eight in the second half. Marion made just one of eight in the contest.
The Warriors held their own in rebounding despite the presence of Tanner Claassen, whose 12 boards powered the Broncos to a 30-29 advantage in the category.
Marion fought its way to the foul line and hit eight of 10 freebies in the second half?and wound up outscoring Remington 19-10 in the fourth quarter.
Coming?Marion (2-1) hosts Hesston Tuesday and visits Moundridge Friday before breaking for the holidays.