MHS boys split two games

The Marion High boys? basketball team shot down Haven, 50-48, Jan. 13 in Marion, but lost at Hoisington 61-47 Friday.

Hoisington?The Cardinals outscored the Warriors 23-17 in the first frame on the strength of 10 Justin Axman points.

Marion closed the gap to 32-29 before halftime, as Wil Case notched six of the Warriors? 12 second-quarter points.

Hoisington outscored Marion 17-12 in the third quarter and held the Warriors to just six points in the fourth to secure the win. Elliot Hett led MHS with 12 points, and Eric Vogel totaled 10.

Haven?Marion slammed the Wildcats 29-12 in the first half and held on for the win.

Brian Fruechting?s foul shots with 10 seconds left turned a desperate situation into a comfortable lead. Before Fruechting?s free throws, Haven had put together an 11-2 run that saw Marion?s lead shrink from 43-34 at 5:27 of the fourth to 47-45 with under a minute to go.

Marion led 13-5 advantage after one quarter and 27-10 with 1:43 left in the first half. Haven turned the tables in the third quarter, outscoring Marion 20-10. The Wildcats closed the gap to 39-32 at the end of the third, but Marion reestablished itself in the fourth period.

Luke Gordon went to the bench with his fourth foul just 1:29 into the period, and returned only when Hatchet lifted Haven within seven. Gordon fouled out with 2:01 left.

Ridge Foster then hit a 3-pointer to make it 47-45, and the Warriors immediately committed a turnover on the inbounds pass.

Marion shook off the mistake, and finally ending the extra possession when Drew Maddox forced a Haven turnover along the baseline.

Marion had struggled with its bonus foul shots down the stretch, but a 1-for-2 double bonus set by Elliot Hett made it a 3-point game.

Hett totaled 16 points, and Vogel totaled 15.

Coming?Marion played Republic County at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Trojan Classic in Hillsboro. Games continue Thursday and Friday, with the championship round to be played Saturday. Marion is seeded seventh.

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