Warrior boys claim 3rd at Centre tournament

Sam Zinn shoots for two during the fourth quarter against Rural Vista on Saturday. Zinn scored 12 points in Marion’s 62-53 win.
Sam Zinn shoots for two during the fourth quarter against Rural Vista on Saturday. Zinn scored 12 points in Marion’s 62-53 win.
The Marion boys’ basketball team finished third in the Cougar Classic tournament with a 2-1 record after earning a 62-53 victory over Rural Vista Saturday.

Marion led a majority of the first quarter, propelled by Zachary Stuchlik, who scored 10 points in, including eight of Marion’s first 10 points. At the end of the period, Marion led 16-13.

Rural Vista claimed the lead in the second quarter with the help of a pair of 3-pointers from Dawson Wor­rell. Chase Stringer scored eight of Marion’s 10 points in the quarter. Marion trailed, 27-26, at halftime.

A 6-2 run to start the third quarter gave the Heat its largest lead of the night, 33-28. Rural Vista led by that same margin, 37-32, with 3:54 to play, then Stuchlik scored five points in succession to tie the game. The third quarter ended in a 42-42 tie.

Marion scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, led by Sam Zinn, who scored nine, including the game’s final five points. Evann Heide­brecht added seven points. Rural Vista made its final basket with 2:16 to play.

The Warriors were 12-for-14 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

“We got away from (the game plan) early,” coach Terry Edwards said. “At the end of the third quarter, we finally caught on to what we needed to do.”

Stuchlik led all scorers with 17 points. Stringer and Zinn each scored 12.

Centre 77, Marion 71

Game 2, Friday

Marion suffered a 77-71 loss to Centre on Day 2 of the Cougar Classic.

Centre claimed the lead in a high-scoring first-quarter, taking a 27-21 advantage. Cole Srajer scored 16 points for the Cougars, including four 3-pointers, on his way to a 39-point night. Zachary Stuchlik drained his share of threes as well, including three in the first quarter.

The Cougars extended their lead to 49-41 by halftime, with Srajer scoring 29 of Centre’s first-half points. Stuchlik scored 12 points by intermission.

Marion made up some ground in the third quarter by outscoring the home team, 18-15, which closed the gap to 64-59 at the final break.

But Centre maintained its lead in the fourth quarter, and won by six in the end.

“We had to make some adjustments,” coach Terry Edwards said. “I think in the second half, we slowed (Srajer) down, but we played chase the rest of the night.”

Four Warriors scored in double figures. Stuchlik led with 19 points. Chase Stringer scored 18, Noah Dalrymple 11 and Evann Heidebrecht 10.

It was the second game in as many days in which Marion scored more than 70 points.

“We’re just playing a little bit faster tempo, which falls into my personality,” Edwards said. “I don’t just run and gun and shoot threes. We want to push the ball and make them run the floor.”

Marion 72, Solomon 57

Game 1, Thursday

The Marion boys recorded their highest point total of the season in their victory over Solomon on Thursday.

Solomon, however, held the upper hand in the first half, leading 20-17 after one quarter,and 30-27 at halftime.

Marion turned the tables in the third quarter, outscoring the Gorillas, 24-12, to take a 51-42 lead into the final break. Chase Stringer led the way with nine points in the third quarter.

The Warriors added to their lead with a 21-15 fourth-quarter during which Zachary Stuchlik was 11-for-12 from the free-throw line, leading to the 15-point win.

“Shots started to fall (after halftime),” coach Terry Edwards said. “It’s an easy game when they start to fall. It makes my job easy. We exploited their weakness and stayed away and contained their guard.”

Stuchlik led the Warriors with 19 points. Stringer added 14 and Sam Zinn and Evann Heidebrecht each scored 11.

Coming—Marion (5-7) will host Council Grove Thursday.

Edwards said moving forward the team will need to be more disciplined with the ball and limit turnovers.