In its highest-scoring game of the year, the Marion boys’ basketball team held off a sharp-shooting Ell-Saline squad Friday, defeating the Cardinals, 86-80.
Ell-Saline made more three-pointers than two-pointers, draining 16 threes in the game, including 11 in the second half.
Marion, however, countered by making 33 of 52 two-pointers (64 percent).
Marion claimed a narrow lead after one quarter of play, 18-17, then outscored Ell-Saline, 23-16 in the second quarter. Chase Stringer fueled the effort with 10 points in the period, including a dunk. Marion enjoyed a 41-33 edge at halftime.
Ell-Saline, however, began raining threes in the third period. Treyton Peterson drained four treys, and Caleb Hammonds two, but Marion maintained a 60-55 lead heading into the final quarter.
Ell-Saline hit another three to start the fourth quarter and eventually tied the game, but Marion did just enough down the stretch to hold onto the six-point win.
“I expected each and every one of the kids that stepped on the floor for Ell-Saline to fire away, bomb away, because that’s just what they do,” coach Terry Edwards said, adding that he’d like to see Marion take better care of the basketball. The Warriors turned it over 22 times.
Marion made 60 percent of its field goal attempts (35-for-58). Stringer led the Warriors with 25 points. Sam Zinn scored 23 points and had eight assists. Noah Dalrymple scored 20 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and had nine rebounds.
Coming—Marion (3-4, 11-6) was scheduled to host Remington Tuesday and will host Elyria Christian Friday.