Marion boys 1-2 in home tourney
The Marion boys? basketball team went 1-2 in the Marion Classic last week to claim fifth place in the tournament. Peabody-Burns?In a battle of Warriors, Marion defeated Peabody-Burns Saturday, 53-30. After a close first half, Marion used its defense to fuel its offense and gain confidence. ?For the first half it looked like we were kind of stuck in our old ways,? coach Jeff McMillin said. ?In the second half, (we) did what we needed to do.? Peabody-Burns took an early, 5-0 lead thanks to a two-pointer by Clayton Philpott and a traditional three-point play by Austin Reynolds. With PBHS leading 7-2, Marion ended the first quarter with a 6-0 run thanks to baskets by Dylan Pippin and Nicholas Stuchlik. That gave Marion an 8-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The lead changed hands a few times in the second quarter, but a three-point play by Nicholas Stuchlik put Marion in front at halftime, 15-13. The third quarter was the turning point, as Marion scored more points (20) than it did in the first half. Reynolds tied the game at 15 with two free throws before Mason Pedersen and Pippin combined for a 6-0 run. Leading 21-18, the home team stepped on the gas. In an offensive flourish fueled by a stifling defense forcing turnovers, Marion scored 14 unanswered points to lead, 35-18. Reynolds broke Peabody-Burns? scoring drought, bringing the score at the final break to 35-20. Marion?s offensive success continued in the fourth quarter. After Austin Purk scored for PBHS, Evann Heidebrecht ignited a 9-0 run with a trey to put Marion in front, 44-22 with 5:24 to play. Marion cruised to the 23-point win. Marion shot 26 percent from the field in the first half (6-23) and just under 52 percent (15-29) in the second. Nicholas Stuchlik led Marion in scoring with 13 points. Pedersen added 12. PBHS?shot around 33 percent from the field (13-40). Reynolds led the effort with 13 points and nine rebounds. ?We have potential, but we need to continue to improve in a lot of different areas,? McMillin said of his takeaways from the tournament. ?Defensively, we didn?t do too bad. Offensively, we?ve got to continue to mesh. ?The last two years I don?t think we?ve ended on a win. I don?t want to play while the sunshine?s still out, but it?s good to finish with a win.? Remington?Marion lost, 44-35, in its second game of the Marion Classic. Things started well for the Warriors, who built a 9-4 lead thanks to seven points from Dylan Pippin. But the game shifted momentum when Remington went on a 10-0 run, leaving Marion trailing, 14-9 with 1:11 left in the period. The first quarter ended with Remington in front, 16-11. The Broncos increased their lead to 21-13 before Marion cut the deficit to three with a free throw by Nicholas Stuchlik and baskets by Jack Schneider and Zachary Stuchlik. Remington scored twice after that to enjoy a 25-18 lead at halftime. Remington outscored Marion 8-1 after intermission for a double-digit, 33-19 margin. The Warriors ended the period with a 5-0 burst to make it 33-24 heading into the fourth quarter. Slowly, Marion chipped away at the deficit, outscoring Remington 9-4 to start the quarter. By the time Pippin and Mason Pedersen scored in succession, Marion was within 37-33 with 3:04 to play. The Warriors made only one basket after that, though?a two-pointer by Peyton Heidebrecht with 36 seconds left?and the Broncos claimed the nine-point win. ?We had guys fighting for the ball at the end, and we gave ourselves a chance to come down to the other end and make the game closer, but what we did with it on this end, I don?t even know if you want to write about that,? coach Jeff McMillin said. ?The defense gave us a chance. Offensively, we?ve got to get a lot better.? McMillin said the Warriors left opportunities on the floor as a result of 14 turnovers. Offensively, Marion made just less than 26 percent of its shots from the field (11-43). Pippin led the Warriors with 11 points. Schneider grabbed 11 rebounds. Belle Plaine?Marion led by as many as seven points in Thursday?s 41-38 loss to Belle Plaine. ?We were prepared but we weren?t ready to go,??coach Jeff McMillin said. ?I don?t know if we thought that we?d come out and easily win. I don?t know why we would have any kind of inclination that we could just walk out and beat somebody, but I think we did tonight.? The Warriors jumped to a 7-0 lead before Belle Plaine?s Brandon Happy scored seven unanswered points. The Dragons made a free throw before Mason Pedersen drained a three at the buzzer to put Marion in front, 10-8. Dylan Pippin scored and Nicholas Stuchlik added a three-point play to increase Marion?s lead to 15-8. Over the next two and a half minutes, the teams combined for six consecutive threes. Belle Plaine ended the half on a 10-0 run for a 27-21 halftime lead. The Dragons extended it to 31-21 after the break, forcing McMillin to call timeout. After that, Marion scored seven points, drawing within 31-28 when Pedersen made a three- and two-point basket. Pedersen hit a three at the end of the third quarter, bringing Marion within 35-31. After more than five scoreless minutes, Evann Heidebrecht scored off his steal at 2:27 to bring Marion within 35-33, and the Warriors had a chance to tie or take the lead. But Marion turned the ball over and Belle Plaine scored six unanswered points at the charity stripe. Schneider scored with 20 seconds left, and Pedersen drained a long three at the buzzer. Marion shot around 33 percent from the field (14-43). Pedersen made six three-pointers and led all scorers with 20 points. ?I saw one team being aggressive and being tough and the other team not, and I can?t deal with that,? McMillin said. ?If we lose to a better, more talented team that?s making the great plays, that?s fine, but we lost to a team that wasn?t better than us that wanted it more, and that?s disgusting to me.? Coming?Marion (1-3)?will host Haven Thursday in its final game before Christmas break. The Warriors will resume play at Canton-Galva Jan. 5.